Q&A: Why Do I Need a Checkup and Cleaning?

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We understand that life can be hectic. Between work, school, and family, some of us barely have time for visits to the dentist. This makes overlooking general dental procedures, such as checkups and dental cleanings, all too easy. However, a checkup and cleaning are vital for preserving the health and beauty of your smile.

Common Questions About Checkups and Dental Cleanings

Question: When should I receive a checkup and cleaning?

Answer: The American Dental Association suggests undergoing a checkup and cleaning once every six months. Both adults and children benefit from regular checkups and cleanings.

Question: What’s so important about a checkup?

Answer: During a checkup we will carefully exam your teeth and gums using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. This allows our doctors to create an accurate assessment of your current dental health. We can also diagnose the earliest stages of common dental health issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay. Early treatment helps reduce the need for incase and costly procedures down the road.

Question: Can a cleaning help me avoid periodontal disease?

Answer: Yes, a routine cleaning can help patient avoid the onset of periodontal disease. Gum disease forms when plaque buildup inflames the gums. During a cleaning, we will remove plaque from your teeth and exposed roots with either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. The ultrasonic scaler removes plaque using gentle vibrations.

Question: How do take proper care of my teeth from home?

Answer: Each day, you should brush your teeth twice, once in the morning an again before bed. You should also floss before going to bed, too. Both adults and children should regularly brush and floss. If you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

About Your Canyon Country Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Canyon Country office at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Castaic, and Stevenson Ranch.