Effective oral hygiene at home is only one part of achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. If you want to enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime, routine dental cleanings and examinations is an important step. At Whidbey Dental Associates in Oak Harbor, our team of experienced general dentists welcome new and existing patients to come in for regular cleanings every 6 months.
What’s Included in a Routine Dental Checkup
While at home oral care is an important part of a healthy smile, there are certain steps that must be completed by an experienced professional. At Whidbey Dental Associates, professional cleanings, oral cancer screenings, early detection of cavities and gum disease, and monitoring your overall dental health are all included as part of your routine dental visit.
When our dentists examine your smile during a checkup, they’re looking for early signs of issues that can lead to serious problems if not treated in a timely fashion. To get an in-depth look at your smile, we take digital X-rays and conduct other tests to get a better idea of how your smile is doing.
We’ll also examine the health of the soft tissue in your smile. In addition to a visual check, our dentists will conduct an oral cancer screening and check your gums for signs of gingivitis or gum disease. We’ll also review your health history in relation to the health of your smile. This is important because many dental conditions are related to your overall physical conditions.
A key component of your office visit is your professional dental cleaning performed by a licensed dental hygienist. This involves removing plaque and tartar, which are serious hazards to your smile. After a thorough cleaning, your teeth are polished. We may even apply sealants to help prevent plaque and tartar from attacking teeth.
Another important, often overlooked part of regular dental visits is that it presents the opportunity for our patients to ask questions. At Whidbey Dental Associates, our mission is to help patients achieve a smile they feel confident in. When you meet with our Oak Harbor dentists during your regular appointments, we want you to feel comfortable asking us questions about your overall dental health. By working together, we can create the right treatment strategy that helps you reach your goals.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today!
When given the proper care, your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Call our Oak Harbor dentists today to schedule your next cleaning and exam. We look forward to seeing you!