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While Dr. Meredith G. Davis can help you overcome nearly any oral health issue, she’d much rather prevent any problems from developing in the first place! One key way she can help you keep your smile healthy and intact for years to come is with regular dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. Two quick, easy, and comfortable appointments every year can save you plenty of time, money, and hassle in the long run. Read on to find out how these routine visits help ensure your smile stay healthy for a lifetime.

Dental Cleanings: A Better Kind of Clean

Woman visits her Richardson dentist for dental checkup & cleaning

Even the best daily dental routines can use a bit of professional help twice a year. Hard to clean areas like behind your back molars, between your teeth, and just underneath your gumline tend to quickly accumulate plaque. Over time, this sticky biofilm hardens into a tough material called tartar that can’t be removed with regular brushing or flossing. Since tartar is brimming with bacteria, it puts you at a much higher risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease.

Thankfully, your highly trained dental hygienist can carefully and gently remove built up plaque, tartar, and bacteria from every nook and cranny in your mouth. Afterwards, they’ll demonstrate the best way to floss between your teeth and go over any questions you may have about your at-home dental hygiene routine. Then, your teeth are given a quick polish to leave you with a gleaming, refreshed set of pearly whites!

Dental Checkups: Spot & Stop Trouble Early

Closeup of Richardson dentist performing thorough dental checkup

Most oral health issues can develop without you noticing until they are quite painful and more difficult to treat. As a result, many patients feel “blindsided” when we inform them that they need a filling or gum disease treatment. Getting two dental checkups twice a year can help spot these problems in their earliest stages, long before they cause you any unnecessary damage or discomfort.

After your teeth are cleaned during your routine visit, Dr. Davis will use a combination of specialized tools, x-rays, and a keen eye to inspect every aspect of your mouth. She’ll investigate your enamel, gum health, jaw bite, tooth structure, and all your soft tissues for indications of damage, decay, or abnormalities. Then, she’ll go over the results with you and discuss the best way to continue caring for your smile.

A Little Care Now Can Go A Long Way

Closeup of patient getting dental cleaning from Richardson dentist

Regularly visiting your dentist twice each year may seem trivial if your teeth look and feel fine. However, simple preventive care now can safe you a lot of time, money, and discomfort in the long run. While untreated oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile, they can usually be easily treated when caught early enough. What’s more, if you have dental insurance, these checkups are typically 80-100% covered, meaning there will be little to no out-of-pocket expense for you!

As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” If you’re looking for a “dentist near me” to help you and your family maintain happy, healthy smiles for life, call us to schedule your dental checkup today!