When Should I Schedule A General Hygiene Appointment?

Along with the American Dental Association, we urge patients to undergo regular general hygiene appointments. During these visits, we perform a checkup and cleaning. What may seem like an inconsequential visit is actually essential for maintaining good oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions About General Hygiene Appointments

Question: How often do you schedule them?

Answer: We urge patients to have a checkup and cleaning once every six months. However, should you have a high risk of gum disease you may need them every four months.

Question: What technology do you use?

Answer: During your checkup, we use DIAGNOdent laser technology and digital x-rays to provide precise and accurate views of your teeth, gums, and jaw. We can then look for the indicators of common oral health issues, such as tooth decay, infections, periodontal disease, gingivitis, and oral cancer. We also look at the jaw joints for signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism. Identifying and treating problems in the early stages is essential to protecting your oral and overall health.

Question: Do you also perform cleanings?

Answer: Yes! We will use a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque from the teeth. We then polish the teeth for a more attractive appearance. A cleaning helps improve the freshness of your breath, brighten teeth, and limit the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay.

Question: Do children need preventive appointments too?

Answer: Absolutely! Once your child’s first tooth arrives, routine checkups and cleanings are necessary to maintain healthy smiles and to allow the dentist to monitor your child’s development. Often, we can catch problems like misalignment in the early stages, beginning treatment to limit the amount of time orthodontics will need to be worn later in life. We can also place dental sealants or provide fluoride treatments during these visits to protect teeth from cavities.

Ready to Schedule a General Hygiene Appointment?

If you need a checkup and dental cleaning, then please give our team a call! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.