leawood checkup

We recommend a visit for a dental exam every six months, for both kids and adults. These visits may seem minor, but they’re crucial for keeping your smile strong, full, and healthy. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS, dentist talks about how we safeguard smiles with a routine dental exam and cleaning appointment.

When to Have a Dental Exam

The American Dental Association recommends a visit every six months starting at around age two, and we agree! The serious issues that could cause discomfort and threaten the stability of your teeth don’t form overnight, and an exam every few months could allow us to catch these issues in the earliest stages. We then offer treatment before you suffer from discomfort or worsening oral health. If you have high risk factors for serious issues like gum disease, we may recommend one every three to four months. For children, the first exam should happen around age one, and the six-month visits should begin as stated above at about age two.

The Checkup Process

During your dental exam we will talk to you about your oral hygiene habits and any symptoms you’ve been experiencing, such as toothaches or bleeding gums. We then take detailed images of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can obtain clear images instantly chairside, making a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. These imaging systems use a fraction of the radiation that traditional ones do, and the images can easily be sent to other offices or specialists as needed. The checkup only takes a short period, and we will talk about the issues we uncover, so you understand the state of your smile and what care may be needed to ensure optimal oral health and smile beauty.

Taking Time to Clean Your Teeth

In the same sitting, our team will conduct a dental cleaning too. The cleaning process enables our team to remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, a process that takes a short period but lowers the risk of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and even bad breath and teeth stains. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and to help limit the severity of plaque and tartar buildup in between visits. You can also help with better brushing and flossing habits at home, as well as a healthy diet. If you need to schedule a visit for a checkup and cleaning for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Need to Schedule Your Next Checkups and Cleaning?

Our team helps smiles of all ages with regular visits every six months. Call Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling (913)681-5500 to learn more about the importance of a preventive dental visit.