This article from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is for folks who are overdue for a cleaning and checkup.
Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way for you to make sure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.
During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar 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 called scaling.
When your cleaning is finished, it’s the dentist’s turn. We for any new cavities, examine your gums for any signs of gum disease, and look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.