Cleanings and Checkups

You're probably familiar with the expression, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Your oral health is an excellent example of the truth behind the saying. 

Did you know that most major dental issues can be prevented with proper home care and routine general dentistry?

It’s true! Cleanings and checkups twice a year can help prevent many serious oral health issues and catch minor problems before they have a chance to endanger your health. At Williamsburg Smile Design, we make it comfortable and easy to receive the basic care you need for a healthy smile.

What Happens during My Routine Cleaning?

While brushing and flossing at home are necessary to maintain your teeth and gums, your preventive care should also include routine checkups and cleanings. Even those who are rigorous in their daily oral hygiene can miss areas of plaque between teeth that can lead to tartar, cavities, and even gum disease.

Our dental hygienist performs a thorough professional cleaning to remove any accumulated plaque or tartar, and they will check your gums for any signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Catching gum issues early is essential for treatment; many cases of gum disease can be reversed if caught early on and treatment is started right away.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease occurs when excessive plaque buildup causes irritation to your gums, separating them from your teeth and allowing harmful bacteria below the gum line. This causes an infection in your gums and jawbone, and if it’s left untreated, gum disease will eventually destroy the support system for your teeth and result in tooth loss. In fact, this disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.

Your visits to your Brooklyn dentist every six months are truly your best defense against issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

Once you have had a thorough cleaning, one of our dentists will perform a comprehensive dental exam. These checkups are necessary to look for any issues that may need treatment. Even if there are no cavities or decay, catching a small crack or chip before it becomes painful or infected can save you money and discomfort in the long run.

Most PPO insurance plans cover routine care such as cleanings and checkups, which means little to no out-of-pocket cost for you and making them affordable. Coming in for your preventive care is one of the best ways to use your dental insurance to protect your family’s oral health.

Contact Williamsburg Smile Design today to make your next appointment for a checkup and cleaning for you and your entire family. It is a wise investment in your health.