Valley Ridge Dental

I brush and floss my teeth every day; why do I need to come in to have my teeth cleaned regularly?

Even with the most diligent care at home and regular brushing and flossing, our teeth will still build up tartar or calculus. Calculus is hardened plaque on teeth that cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. It is important to have this removed regularly by a dental hygienist to prevent gum disease.

Along with your teeth cleaning at your regular check-up, you will also receive a thorough examination from Dr. Katie Daniels. She will check for tooth decay in addition to reviewing the overall health of your teeth and gums. Gum disease often presents with no symptoms whatsoever, and the only way to know for sure that your gums are healthy is to see your dentist.

Dr. Daniels will also perform an oral cancer screening at these routine appointments; early detection means more successful treatment. Additionally, she will take the time to check the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) for problems as well as examine the bone supporting your teeth.

In dentistry, prevention is crucial, and seeing us twice each year for cleanings and examinations can help us stay ahead of any problems. When routine care occurs, issues that do arise can be detected—and treated—while they are still small ones.

If it’s been a while since your last appointment, give us a call today!