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Maintaining Healthy Smiles Through Dental Checkups and Teeth Cleanings

For the best oral health, the American Dental Association recommends that you and all the members of your family undergo at least two dental examinations and teeth cleanings each year. These appointments are often referred to as dental checkups and they give our doctors and staff the important opportunity to spot problems such as tooth decay or gum disease before they get out of hand. The teeth cleaning in Marysville that you receive at Allen Creek Family Dentistry not only removes surface stains for a brighter smile but also eliminates plaque and tartar for healthier, happier teeth.

New Patient Examination

new patient information formOur doctors will want to review your medical history. Your oral health impacts and is impacted by your general health. Therefore, the information gathered from your history can influence the decisions we make regarding your treatment.

After completing your medical history, the doctor will conduct a complete oral and dental health assessment. There will also be a discussion covering any concerns you may have about your teeth and gums, as well as your smile goals. Your participation in your dental care allows us to create a treatment plan that is tailor made for your smile.

What Happens During the Dental Checkup?

man looking at digital xraysTo begin the examination portion of your visit, the dentist will visually check each one of your teeth, looking for signs of decay, loose fillings, cracks and other structural problems. Digital X-rays will be taken annually to help us find decay that may be hidden between teeth or just below the enamel surface. An X-ray may also show invisible cracks as well as infection.

We will also measure the depth of gum pockets around each one of your teeth. Called periodontal charting, this step is often one of the earliest indicators of gum disease.

What Happens During the Teeth Cleaning?

Woman getting teeth cleanedFinally, there is a thorough teeth cleaning from your family dentist in Marysville. This professional teeth cleaning with a soft rotating brush is sufficient to remove plaque. However, spots of tartar (hardened plaque) are removed with a special hand instrument that gently scrapes away this dried-on material. Finally, floss in between each pair of teeth helps to remove plaque that tends to accumulate along the gum line and leaves your smile feeling refreshed.

We look forward to helping your family feel right at home whenever you pay us a visit. Please contact our Marysville family dentists today if you have any questions and to schedule your first dental checkup.