What To Expect At Your Routine Cleaning

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Data suggests that parents are usually better at bringing their kids to the dentist than they are about going to the dentist themselves! Roughly four in 10 Americans haven’t been to the dentist in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No matter how diligent of a brusher or flosser you are, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage if you don’t regularly visit the dentist. Routine checkups and cleanings help prevent dental complications like tooth decay and gum disease, which are common conditions that can wreak havoc on your smile. Plus, your permanent teeth are the only teeth you’ve got, so it’s important to take care of them!

If you’re looking for excellent preventative care in Centerville, OH and in offices across the state, consider making Stonecreek Dental Care you and your family’s dental home. You’ll love our attention to detail when it comes to cleanings. Our offices are also full of highly skilled professionals who are well-versed in restorative and cosmetic procedures as well! When we detect the early signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other maladies, we’re able to repair the damage in-house in most scenarios. You’ll be able to get the high-quality care you need in one convenient location.

Read on to learn more about what you can expect during your first dental exam and cleaning at Stonecreek Dental Care. Then, give us a call at the location nearest you to schedule an appointment.


1. We’ll Check Your Teeth & Gums For Complications.


To understand the importance of routine cleanings and dental exams, it’s helpful to know a little bit about tooth decay and gum disease. Although there are certain factors that make you more susceptible to these problems, they’re generally caused or worsened by less-than-stellar dental hygiene. When food particles are left to linger in your mouth, they attract all sorts of harmful bacteria.

This bacteria emits a weak acid, which causes your tooth enamel to deteriorate. Your enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth, which protects them against decay. When your enamel wears away and a tiny opening or hole forms, that’s what’s known as a cavity. Untreated, cavities get larger and can expose the more sensitive inner parts of your tooth to irritants. This causes hypersensitivity or toothache.

Similarly, the harmful bacteria can cause an infection of the gum tissue, called gum disease. Gum disease starts out as gingivitis — a seemingly harmless inflammation of the tissue. But over time, it can progress into an aggressive form of gum disease called periodontitis.

When you come to Stonecreek Dental Care for a checkup, a portion of your visit will be dedicated to thoroughly checking your teeth for signs of gum disease and tooth decay. We recommend coming in for regular visits every six months, which makes it easier to catch problems early.

When detected in its early stages, tooth decay can be remedied with a filling. Similarly, when we’re able to intervene in the earliest stages of gum disease, the infection can often be eradicated with a simple non-surgical cleaning procedure.


2. We’ll Remove Any Accumulated Bacterial Buildup.


When bacteria builds up on your teeth, you’ll probably first experience it in the form of plaque. That’s the sticky film that accumulates on your teeth. It’s easily removed if you’re brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.

But what happens when plaque is left on your teeth and gums? Within a couple days of lingering on the surfaces of your teeth or under your gumline, it hardens and becomes tartar. This type of bacterial buildup, also sometimes called calculus, is so hard and so closely bonded to your enamel that it can only be removed with special tools at the dentist’s office.

Tartar buildup contributes to gum disease and tooth decay, but it also detracts from a beautiful smile. Calculus can make your teeth appear yellow and contribute to bad breath. That’s why if it has been awhile since your last dental checkup and cleaning, it can be difficult to keep your breath fresh and your mouth clean.

At Stonecreek Dental Care, we’re proud to have such skilled hygienists working to thoroughly clean your smile. You’ll love how clean your smile feels and looks after a routine cleaning.


3. We Look Out For Your Overall Oral Wellness.


When you come in for a checkup, our caring professionals don’t just look for cavities and signs of gum disease. They’ll also conduct an oral cancer screening to detect early signs of abnormalities. If necessary, we can also perform biopsies in-office.

Not all dentists’ offices perform oral cancer checks as part of routine checkups. But when caught before it spreads, oral cancer has a cure rate of 90 percent. By regularly keeping a watchful eye out for the signs, we increase the likelihood of early detection.


4. You’ll Have The Chance To Ask Questions.


When you come in for regular visits, you get to know your dentist over time and will feel increasingly comfortable asking questions and raising concerns about your own health. At Stonecreek Dental Care, we believe having honest conversations about your teeth and gums will help you understand your oral health better and ultimately help you take ownership of it!

In addition, we’re able to offer additional dental hygiene information and tips specific to your individual case. Together, we can improve your oral health so you can be proud of your smile!


Convenient, Comprehensive Care


At Stonecreek Dental Care, we’re a locally owned business, which comes with a lot of perks! We’re able to better serve our patients and provide personalized dental care. When you come visit us, you’re not just a number or a person in a seat. Our dentists will get to know you and treat you like family.

But because we have locations across Ohio, we’re able to provide high-quality care that’s convenient, no matter where in the Buckeye State you live! Plus, we’ve built our offices to be havens of comprehensive dentistry. Our teams of dental professionals are highly skilled not just in preventive dentistry, but cosmetic and restorative services as well! No matter your dental needs, chances are we can help you.

So, if you’re looking for regular partners in your dental health, call the Stonecreek Dental Care location nearest you to schedule an appointment! You can also use our convenient online form.

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