While cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your smile, and restorative treatments repair injury and damage, routine checkups and cleanings are necessary even when your smile appears fine. Every day, harmful oral bacteria form plaque and cling to your teeth, particularly along your gum line. Good dental hygiene (i.e., brushing and flossing your teeth) helps remove most of it, but the traces that remain can quickly calcify into tartar. Regular dental cleanings allow us to thoroughly clean away bacteria, plaque, and tartar before they lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
In addition to cleaning your teeth and gums, routine checkups also entail a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues, including a comprehensive oral cancer screening. Dr. Cook will perform a visual inspection to check for signs that could warn of impending issues, and then recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary. Dr. Cook may also utilize advanced imaging technology, such as digital X-rays and an intraoral camera, to ensure optimal results.
Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning Appointment
Maintaining a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings significantly improves your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile for life. To schedule your next appointment, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.