Maintaining proper oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing is essential to prevent the development of cavities and gum disease. However, even with diligent at-home care, regular dental checkups and cleanings are necessary to maintain optimal oral health. Our dental team recommends routine dental exams and cleanings to support your daily oral hygiene efforts by addressing issues that cannot be tackled at home, such as the removal of tartar, a hardened plaque that can damage gum tissue and tooth enamel. Additionally, these visits allow for the early detection of problems when they are least invasive and costly to treat.
Plaque and tartar can build up quickly, leaving the mouth vulnerable to various dental issues. During a dental cleaning, our experienced team will remove tartar from both above and below the gum line and provide a thorough polish and flossing to remove stains on the tooth enamel. A thorough evaluation of the oral tissues, encompassing the gums, teeth, and throat, will be performed along with the support of dental X-rays to identify any latent issues. These may include cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, jawbone complications, bite issues, impacted teeth, abscesses, and diabetes.
Twice-yearly dental cleanings are crucial for those at increased risk of dental issues, including individuals who are 55 and older, male, women experiencing hormonal changes like menopause or pregnancy, regular tobacco users, and those who regularly drink alcohol. High-risk individuals with poor oral hygiene, excessively stressed, with a family history of poor oral health, or with diabetes or cancer are also advised to maintain a regular dental checkup schedule. Regular dental cleanings and checkups serve a dual purpose of not only preventing oral health problems but also preserving the longevity of dental restorations, such as fillings, crowns, and dentures. This proactive approach to oral healthcare can effectively reduce the need for extensive dental interventions in the future, resulting in lower expenses on dental treatments, including insurance costs.
Preventative maintenance, including regular dental cleanings and checkups, is a wise investment in both oral and overall health, as well as your bank account. This holiday season, give the gift of end-of-year dental cleanings to your loved ones and yourself and start the new year with better dental health. Schedule your consultation at our clinic in Edina, MN. Our distinguished team would be delighted to provide you with assistance!