Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Longview, TX
Keeping Your Smile Healthy and Happy
While we provide numerous dental treatments, one of the most important services that we have to offer is your routine checkup and cleaning. By visiting our office every 6 months, we can keep your mouth healthy and smile shining. More importantly, we can prevent serious issues from occurring in the future, setting you up for oral health success. Read on to learn more about why dental checkups and cleanings are imperative and what you can expect during these routine visits.
The Importance of Routine Dental Visits
While brushing and flossing at home is paramount, even those with the best routines can be affected by dental issues. These problems are often hard to see or feel, which is why routine checkups and cleanings are so important. During your cleaning, one of our highly-trained hygienists will remove plaque and tartar that can’t be cleaned away at home. However, your dental checkup is the part of your routine visit that can be lifesaving. In addition to checking the health of your teeth, we will also examine your mouth for problems like oral cancer and gum disease.
These checkups give us an opportunity to catch dental issues while they are still small, preventing you from having to undergo more extensive and expensive treatments in the future. Unlike other medical issues that get better with time, oral health issues will only grow worse after prolonged treatment. That’s why it’s vital to come see us every 6 months.
What Happens During a Routine Dental Checkup?
During your dental checkup, your dentist in Longview will examine your mouth for any signs of decay, gum disease, infection, or other issues. We will also take X-Rays of your mouth to get a better look at your dental structure and jawbone because some issues cannot be identified with the naked eye. Additionally, these checkups can be lifesaving because we also screen for oral cancer. If caught early on, it is one of the most treatable cancers, which is why we are experienced in identifying its symptoms.
What Happens During Regular Cleanings?
During your routine dental cleaning, one of our hygienists will:
- Remove plaque and tartar that couldn’t be cleaned away at home
- Polish your teeth, giving you a fresh and healthy-looking smile
- Floss your teeth with proper technique, removing any lingering debris
- Provide you with tips for at-home oral healthcare
Our hygienists are also a great resource if you have any questions about how to take care of your teeth or what products to use. After spending some time with you and your smile, they’ll be able to give you dental tips and information geared towards your specific needs.