Dental Checkups and Cleanings – Plano, TX
Keeping Plano Smiles Healthy
Although daily brushing and flossing can go a long way in the fight against cavities and gum disease, it’s not always enough to keep these problems at bay. To make sure your smile is as healthy as can be, you’ll still need to see a dentist in Plano at regular intervals for dental checkups and cleanings. Dr. Sam Antoon thoroughly enjoys having the opportunity to make his patients’ smiles shine a little brighter by optimizing their oral health. If it has been a while since your last dental checkup, request an appointment today!
What Happens During a Typical Checkup and Cleaning?
First, our hygiene team will use special tools to remove plaque (and tartar, its hardened form) from your teeth and along your gumline. Since tartar can’t be removed by your toothbrush and floss at home, these cleanings are a great way to prevent gum disease and cavities that are often caused by the high levels of bacteria in tartar. After this substance has been cleaned away, our team will polish your teeth with a paste that not only gets rid of surface stains, but also makes it harder for bacteria to stick to your teeth in the future. Lastly, we can apply a topical fluoride varnish to strengthen your enamel, lowering your risk of developing cavities down the road.
After your cleaning, we’ll take detailed x-rays. Dr. Antoon will then examine these images, as well as your teeth, gums, existing dental work, and other parts of your mouth for any problem areas. If any issues are detected, we can devise a customized treatment plan to get your smile back on the right track.
How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist?
In general, it’s recommended that you visit your dentist in Plano for a checkup and cleaning every six months, or twice a year. However, if you have a history of poor oral health, you may need to visit us more often. Other reasons you might need to see us more frequently include:
- Pregnancy, which increases your risk of gum disease
- Tobacco use
- Cancer treatment
- Certain health conditions that might compromise your immune system, such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS
- Heart disease
If you have one of these conditions, Dr. Antoon can evaluate the state of your oral and general health to better determine how often you should schedule an appointment with us.
Why Are Checkups and Cleanings So Important?
The unfortunate truth about many oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease, is that they often don’t show noticeable symptoms like pain until serious damage has already been done. For example, most cavities don’t hurt until they reach the delicate center of the tooth, called the pulp, and by that point you’re going to need more than a filling to treat the problem. Regular checkups with Dr. Antoon can help us detect these issues before they become larger problems that jeopardize your oral health.
Cleanings are just as crucial. If plaque and tartar are not regularly removed, they can accumulate, increasing your risk for problems like bad breath, yellow teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay. Biannual cleanings not only make your teeth shine a little brighter, but they significantly lower your risk of various oral health issues.
Has it been more than six months since your last dental checkup and cleaning? If so, contact us to set up an appointment. We can’t wait to see you smile!