Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.
Most dental appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist, but not always. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.
Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.
After scaling and brushing comes flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.
During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.
Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.
At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we work hard to keep your teeth free of plaque, tartar, and cavities. We want you to have great dental health! Our services include complete general dentistry. People from North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Call us to schedule your next appointment today!