Exams and Cleanings

Routine Checkups and Cleanings

Once every six months (on average), you should attend a routine dental examination and cleaning appointment to ensure your smile’s continued good health. Regular dental cleanings are the professional process of cleaning away plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from your teeth surfaces and gum line, which prevents the oral bacteria within the biofilms from harming your teeth and gums. Your visits also allows us to detect, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for any dental health condition that might be present, such as tooth decay or gum disease.


The Point of Professional Cleaning

The plaque that builds up on your teeth each day is made almost entirely of oral bacteria. There are hundreds of different kinds of native oral bacteria in a healthy human mouth, and a few of them can become severely harmful to your teeth and gums if they’re allowed to accumulate unchecked. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once keeps most oral bacteria and plaque at bay. However, even a small spot of plaque can harden into tartar before long, and only professional dental cleaning can remove it at that point. If you skip an appointment, tartar and oral bacteria have a greater chance of leading to tooth decay, gum disease, or more by the time you make it to your next one.

What Follows a Dental Exam?

During your regular visits, your dentist will also perform a comprehensive dental exam to thoroughly inspect the health of your teeth, gums, oral tissues and structures, bite function, and more. At-home and professional teeth cleaning may help you avoid most plaque-related issues, but it’s no guarantee that you won’t need treatment of some form in the future. By sticking to a regular schedule of dental exams, your dentist can catch any oral health concerns early and help you address the issue in a conservative and minimally invasive manner.

Schedule an exam and cleaning today

To keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life, your teeth and gums need regular examination and cleanings at your dentist’s office. To learn more about the importance of regular exams and cleaning, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.