The Importance of Dental Checkups
Scheduling routine teeth cleanings and checkups prove to be the most crucial steps in overall oral health preservation, ensuring your smile is healthy inside and out. Cleanings are effective at removing tough to get to plaque, tartar, and bacteria in difficult to reach areas which can lead to decay, gum disease, and even chronic bad breath. These crevasses are hard to get to by routine brushing and flossing, but are easily accessed by hygienists. A thorough cleaning and exam places your smile in the spotlight; giving our dental team the perfect opportunity to monitor your oral health and point out issues that can be resolved or totally avoided before reaching the point of no return.
Ensuring Your Smile is at it's Best
Perhaps most importantly, regular cleanings ensure your teeth look brighter and healthier. Creating a whiter smile without the need for expensive bleaching treatments. Regular cleanings also effectively manage to;
- Eradicate plaque, a sticky bacterial substance that feeds away at your enamel
- Eliminate tartar build-up, hardened plaque that can lead to gum disease.
- Remove coffee, tea, and other stains off your teeth
- Search for receding gums, broken and chipped teeth, or any other sings of disease or infection
Trust the Process
Often overlooked, your gums are crucial for supporting your teeth and are the base which forms your smile. While looking at the entirety of your oral health, we place a key focus on analyzing the gum line; searching for signs of inflammation or impending gum disease. This gives us a great understanding on the state of your oral health, and what recommendations would push you in the best direction. Don’t worry, we won’t be too harsh on you about your flossing habits.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is a soft and sticky film that has a tendency to build up on teeth. If not routinely cleaned away through brushing, flossing, and professional intervention, it can solidify into tartar deposits. Usually darker in colour and often hidden in tricky to reach places, such as the gumline. After we fully clean your smile, we can move on to polishing your teeth- removing any stains and leaving your teeth radiantly beautiful!
A Final Look
A smile which has just been professionally cleaned presents the perfect opportunity for a dentist to further analyze your smile. A dentist will examine your chart and x-rays, giving them the clarity to focus on any trouble areas or worrisome patterns they may see forming. The dentist may recommend further treatment, or could give you advice and tips on how to rectify the issues unique to your smile, like slowing or reversing inflammation. We encourage you to remain open with us during this process; let us know about any discomfort, sensitivity, or dental pain you’ve experienced and any thoughts or questions which may cross your mind during the visit.
The Price-tag of Dental Cleanings
The best precaution you can take to prevent unpleasant and costly dental problems is participating in routine checkups and cleanings. Ideally, every 6 months! For clients without dental insurance, expected costs range from $120 to above $300, especially if its your first professional appointment in a long time.
What goes into determining the actual cost of your treatment:
- The current state of your oral health
- If you require any X-rays
- The time and effort required by our dental time to service your specific needs
- The equipment utilized to best serve you
Routine checkups and cleanings are so crucial to ensuring a healthy and happy smile. Not only does it give us a full understanding on how to best serve you, but future dental pain and issues can be avoided if caught by a professional eye at the right time.
Contact Us Today
Your dental appointment is something we put great care and consideration into. This is the perfect opportunity to analyze the current state of your overall oral health, give your teeth some love in the form of a professional cleaning, and discuss any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have in anything pertaining to your smile. Our duty is to ensure your smile is on the right track, and we would love to be a part of your dental journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
The standard we recommend is having a checkup and cleaning every 6 months. However, every smile comes with its own requirements, so we may recommend more frequent visits if deemed necessary. In consideration of this, we can schedule appointments further out to avoid costs or to satisfy insurance reasons.
Please don’t hesitate to call us as soon as possible! Cleanings are the best way to prevent issues, however they are not the only time you can converse with us. Even if a problem seems minor, contact our office so a team member can communicate with you directly.
Of course! Checkups are a time where a dentist can analyze your entire oral health; your gums, tongue, bones, and more. If you have dentures, its important to ensure they’re in place and functioning correctly, leading to a happy smile.
Usually, average dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour. During this process you will be lying down in one of our comfortable dental chairs.
There is a plethora of methods you can take to prevent the buildup of tartar during your at-home routine. Tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride is a great start, not to mention flossing regularly to keep tartar out of the spaces between your teeth. Be sure to rinse daily, especially using an antiseptic mouthwash that is designed to kill bacteria and stop excessive plaque formation.
After a regular dental cleaning, feel free to eat after the process and be sure to avoid food or drinks that are abrasive or acidic for a short time. However, if you received a fluoride treatment after your cleaning, the dentist will remind you to wait at least 30 minutes before ingesting anything.
Absolutely, this is the best way to continue where we left off- we encourage you to do so!
Our Patients are Proud to Belong to Barton Dental
I have not been to the dentist in ten years, a combination of fear and low income. Barton Dental relieves both of those barriers. They offer an amazing in-house insurance plan, regular promotional discounts, and they accept almost all insurance plans - even going so far as to submit your claim for you. But truthfully, the staff makes Barton Dental the gem that it is. The hygienist, the dentist, and especially the incredible team at the front desk immediately put your mind at ease and make your experience as pleasant as possible.
Amazing place! Very friendly and nice staff. I took my 3 kids and myself and we all had a great experience. They sure know how to make going to the dentist feel fun. Lots of laughs. Very clean. Very gentle and explained everything in so much detail. Highly recommended!