As you know, there are a host of dental problems that can arise over the years – from minor tooth decay to completely loose restorations. That’s why preventive dentistry is so important! In addition to taking great care of your teeth at home, you need to visit us every six months for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. That way, you can keep your smile in tip-top shape, free of decay, infections, and other issues. If you need to schedule your next appointment or you simply want to learn more about the importance of your biannual appointments, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Actually, there are a multitude of reasons why dental checkups and cleanings are important! Perhaps the most notable one is that these periodic appointments allow us to detect issues that would’ve otherwise gone unnoticed, including oral cancer and tooth decay. Plus, even if you are diligent about brushing and flossing your teeth, plaque and tartar can still build up over time, increasing your chances of developing cavities or gum disease. In short, just like you wouldn’t skip brushing, you shouldn’t skip your biannual dental visits.
For your checkup, you’ll meet with one of our exceptional Mankato dentists. They’ll ask you a few questions about your oral health, review your X-rays, and examine your teeth, gums, and any existing dental work before sharing their findings. If they find decay, an infection, or something else concerning, they will review all of the treatment options so you can decide the best way to proceed. If your smile is in tip-top shape, then they will answer any questions you have and tell you to keep up the good work!
Your dental cleaning will be with one of our talented, gentle, and thorough dental hygienists. In addition to checking for gum inflammation and plaque build-up, they will use special tools to remove tartar and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Toward the end of your visit, they will floss and polish your teeth as well. If they have any recommendations for you, like how to improve your brushing or flossing technique, they will share those too!