Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Midland, TX
Simple, Effective Prevention for Lifelong Smiles
Did you know that American Dental Association strongly recommends visiting a dentist at least every six months? What happens during these visits and why do they need to occur so frequently? At Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, we are happy explain and show you the value of regular appointments with our team, whether you take excellent care of your teeth or not. If you are due for a checkup and cleaning in Midland, contact our team and get on our schedule soon.
Why are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important?
Although routine preventive appointments may seem simple or unexciting, don’t underestimate their significance! Even if you brush and floss every day, microscopic bits of plaque and bacteria can build up and harden on your teeth over time, leading to cavities, gum infections, and other problems that put your smile at risk.
These visits proactively keep these issues from wreaking havoc on your oral health. You may still experience a dental emergency (e.g., cracking a tooth or knocking out a tooth) at some point, but if you stay up to date with your checkups and cleanings, you’re much less likely to have a painful one due to deep tooth decay, which occurs gradually.
What to Expect During a Dental Checkup
A dental checkup consists of a visual examination of your mouth. First, we’ll look closely at your teeth for signs of developing decay. We’ll even take X-rays that expose cavities that may not be easily seen with the naked eye. We’ll also take the opportunity to inspect your gum tissue, looking for red, swollen, or receding gums. If we find anything wrong, we can recommend immediate treatment, which spares you from greater problems in the future.
What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning
Again, even those who consistently practice good oral hygiene at home need to have their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. It’s nearly impossible to do it perfectly on your own over six months, and some plaque is bound to harden somewhere on your teeth. During this cleaning, our hygienists use special tools and their training to remove tartar, preventing cavities and gum disease from developing down the road. Then, they’ll polish your teeth, leaving a sparkling, smooth, and clean feeling in your mouth.