Why Annual Dental Cleanings And Exams Are Important

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Everybody knows how important it is to have an annual physical. After all, we all want to stay in our best shape. However, don’t forget to add your annual dental cleaning and exam to the schedule! Your oral health is just as important.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are a crucial part of your oral health. Doing so will ensure that you have clean gums and teeth while avoiding potentially severe diseases and conditions. Every person should have cleanings and exams every six months unless directed differently by your dentist. Keeping this a priority for your family will ensure that everybody has a terrific smile throughout the year and into the future!

Benefits Of Annual Cleanings

Brushing and flossing are necessary for proper oral hygiene. However, the average person doesn’t have the proper tools at home to remove built-up tartar or remove surface stains themselves. Not only will your dentist get into all the nooks and crannies that you may be missing, but they can also do a process known as scaling.

Scaling is when the dentist uses a variety of special tools to scrape the teeth to remove any built-up tartar. This process not only cleans your teeth but will help identify any areas you may be missing during your regular cleaning at home. Your dentist can give you pointers about where you should focus more time brushing and flossing in order to keep your teeth looking their best.

Benefits Of Annual Exams

Thousands of people every year are diagnosed with oral diseases. Anything from gingivitis to more advanced tooth decay can certainly have an impact on your teeth. Your dentist will be able to spot the early warning signs. Your dentist may be able to start a treatment regime that slows the progression or even reverses it.

This is also the time that your teeth will be examined for cavities. Untreated cavities can not only spread bacteria but also cause significant pain and discomfort for the patient.

Tips For In Between Visits

Of course, your oral health is something you should think about all year long. Between visits, it’s essential that you follow a proper hygiene regime, including brushing, flossing, and using mouth wash. It is also a good idea to wear a mouthguard if you’re participating in any activities that put your teeth at risk, such as certain sports. You should also contact your dentist right away if you notice any changes in your gums or teeth.

If you have small children, you should also take some time to ready them for regular dental exams and cleanings. Having conversations with them or even reading fun children’s stories about going to the dentist can go a long way in helping prepare them for their exams.


Your dental health matters. At Laser Family Dental, we are committed to providing only the best service to our patients. Whether you’re coming into our office for your annual exam and cleaning or have a more extensive problem, we are here to help. Please contact our office for more information and to schedule your next appointment!