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What Happens During Your Routine Dental Cleaning?

November 1, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Ben McDonald

Your six-month dental cleaning protects your teeth, gums, and overall health while keeping your smile sparkling! Several essential things take place during these visits. Here's what you should know. 

Dental Cleanings in Roanoke, VA

During your teeth cleaning, your hygienist will review your health history and record any updates or changes. This helps us monitor any changes that might be developing with your dental or overall health. Periodontal health is closely linked with your overall health, and your dental team can identify many concerns early on that can help protect your general health.

Your hygienist will then remove any plaque and bacteria buildup from your teeth. They'll also review your home care routine to ensure you use the best products and techniques to remove the most plaque from your teeth daily.

Dental Exams in Roanoke, VA

During your dental exam, our dentists check your current restorations for wear and tear or breakdown that could be potential problems. They'll also screen you for issues like oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay so you can be proactive and treat these concerns as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment of dental problems allows you to choose less invasive treatment procedures and saves you time in the dental chair and money from your budget.

For example, when you have tooth decay, and we find it early, you'll likely be able to treat it with a simple filling. However, if it goes undiagnosed and untreated, it progressively worsens and moves further into your tooth until it reaches your nerve and causes an infection. A tooth infection requires root canal treatment to alleviate it and save your tooth. By coming to your routine teeth cleanings and checkups every six months, we can save you the hassle of dealing with more invasive and costly treatment procedures.

Is it time for your next checkup and teeth cleaning in Roanoke? Contact McDonald Family Dentistry at (540) 342-7221 to schedule an appointment.

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