Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Redmond, OR
Preventing Dental Issues Before They Even Occur
When is the last time that you received a routine dental checkup and cleaning? These preventive visits protect your smile from more serious issues that can affect your overall health. Dr. Steve Schwam and our experienced team provide quality checkups and cleanings to keep you healthy. These essential biannual appointments are an opportunity for us to not only clean your teeth in ways that you couldn’t at home, but we will also ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of these routine visits and what you can expect during an appointment.
The Importance of Routine Dental Visits
Many people, an estimated 30% of Americans, don’t see the dentist until they feel something wrong with their smile, but many times, this is already too late. That’s why dental checkups are so important—they detect problems while they’re still small, before they cost you more time and money in the future. Additionally, an increasing number of studies show that dental issues like gum disease can impact your overall health by increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other serious issues.
Your daily brushing and flossing routine is necessary to maintain good oral health, but dental hygienists can clean away plaque and tartar that you can’t get to on your own. Additionally, many dental symptoms are hard to spot, which is why it’s vital to see a professional. We have the tools and experience necessary to provide quality preventive dentistry, giving your mouth health and protection.
What Happens During a Regular Cleaning?
During your dental cleaning, one of our experienced hygienists will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar that couldn’t be reached at home. Then, they will polish your teeth to give your smile a revitalized look when you leave our office. They will floss your teeth for any remaining debris, showing you the proper technique if that’s something that you need help with. Lastly, this is a great time to ask any questions you may have on how to improve your oral healthcare on your own.
What Happens During a Dental Checkup?
After your cleaning, our expert dentist in Redmond will carefully examine your mouth for any decay, disease, or other abnormalities. He will measure your gums to make sure they’re not affected by disease as well as check your overall bite and jaw health. This will also include X-Rays to get a more in-depth view of your mouth. Some dental issues are invisible to the naked eye, making this technology vital. Additionally, he will perform an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is continuing to increase in cases per year, which is another reason why dental checkups are so valuable. In a matter of minutes, Dr. Schwam can ensure that you don’t have any symptoms of oral cancer. If you’re ready for a dental checkup and cleaning, contact our office today to get started.