Oral hygiene is critical for eradicating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria accumulate to form plaque that can harden and cause lasting ailments such as bad breath, gingivitis, and periodontal disorders if it is not cleaned in time. A good dental care regime and regular checkups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent infections, inflammation, decay, and tooth loss.
At Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center, we do our best to deliver superior quality care during every visit and build lasting relationships with our patients. Visiting twice per year provides us an opportunity to get a better understanding of your dental concerns and take appropriate treatment action.
What to Expect at a Dental Checkup?
Even with competent daily care, it is still essential for all patients to undertake regular dental checkups. During these checkups, we will clean your teeth and examine your mouth for abnormalities. These routine dental visits are necessary to help you achieve lifelong oral health.
- Dental Cleaning
We will begin by examining your gums and teeth and look for signs of oral issues and areas that will need special attention. We will comprehensively remove plaque and tartar buildup between your teeth and near your gum line using special dental tools.
Additionally, we will polish and floss your teeth to help remove stains and bring back a shine to your smile. We may also recommend a fluoride treatment, applied as a gel, as added protection for your teeth to ward off tooth decay.
- Dental Exam
Our dentist will perform a meticulous exam of your teeth, gums, and jaw during a dental exam. This will help us to check for signs of decay or gum disease. Based on your dental condition, we may also take dental X-rays. A visual exam along with dental X-rays will make our exam more comprehensive. If any issues are identified, we can chart out a treatment plan to resolve these issues promptly to avoid future complications and expenses.
How Frequently Should You Undergo Dental Checkups?
In general, you should plan to visit your dentist at least once every six months. Patients with severe dental conditions availing of other treatments for previously diagnosed problems may be asked to return more often. As your general dentists, we can provide a personalized recommendation for your dental care timeline.
Visiting your dentist routinely for dental exams and cleanings are a vital aspect of achieving lifelong oral health. Call us at Sedro-Woolley Family Dental Center in Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 at (360) 855-0351, and schedule your appointment for a routine checkup.