At Uptown we believe maintaining regular preventive dental checkups is an integral part of your oral health regimen. It helps reduce the chances of periodontal disease, but also helps you maintain a beautiful healthy smile and gums. Scheduling a dental checkup only takes a moment and the visit is very routine so it does not take long. The American Dental Association recommends you get at least two preventive visits to your dentist per year in order to prevent major issues arising from minor issues that can be caught early with regular checkups. We may recommend more or less visits depending on your age as well as things like risk factors and the overall health of your teeth, but generally at least two visits are the norm.
What To Expect During A Preventive Checkup
- Dental Cleaning – One of our highly skilled dental hygienists will clean your teeth with special tools to remove plaque from your teeth. This substance contributes to tooth decays and gingivitis if left untreated. This is a painless process and will leave your teeth polished and feeling fresh and ready for the dentist to examine you. It should be noted, that if you have neglected your dental hygiene routine and have an unusual amount of plaque buildup; we will remove the buildup by performing a debridement which is done with an ultrasonic tool and scaling tools to scrape the plaque. This is painless as well and is outside the standard exam fee but is necessary to examine your teeth. Typically this takes a lot more time and you may have to re-schedule your exam after the procedure. Your hygienist will also discuss proper upkeep and show you proper brush and floss methods.