Checkups and Cleanings

The Importance of Regular Dental Care

checkups and cleaningsMaintaining meticulous oral hygiene at home is essential to your oral health, but it’s only half the battle in preventing dental problems. Your Kansas City dentist Dr. Meilink must examine your mouth every six months to ensure that any new problems are caught early enough that they can be treated with minimally-invasive measures. Additionally, a professional teeth cleaning can help reduce your risk of developing cavities and gum disease, as well as make your at-home cleaning regimen easier.

Your Dental Checkup

At Dental Smilemakers, your checkup consists of a thorough examination of your mouth and the surrounding areas. Dr. Meilink will examine your teeth and gums, gently probing them with a dental tool to determine if decay or gum disease is present. He may also use DIAGNOdent, a state-of-the-art laser diode that can detect cavities at their earliest stages when they are easiest to treat. Digital X-rays may also be performed to help detect cavities or problems with tooth eruption, wisdom teeth, or jawbone structure. Your checkup will also include a thorough oral cancer screening in which Dr. Meilink will inspect your lips, throat, neck, and all the soft tissues inside your mouth for signs of abnormal cell growth.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Dr. Meilink’s hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums at your six-month checkup. She will begin by removing tartar from your teeth with a dental tool, followed by a polishing of your teeth using a mildly abrasive toothpaste. Polishing ensures a smooth tooth surface that is less likely to collect plaque and bacteria, making your job of cleaning your teeth at home that much easier. If you have early signs of gum disease, your hygienist may perform a deeper cleaning of your teeth, known as scaling and root planing, which removes tartar and bacteria and smoothes out the tooth surface below the gum line.

Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning

Checkup and cleaning appointments are most effective when you attend them regularly. To schedule your next appointment, call Dental Smilemakers at 816-436-8949. Located in Kansas City, MO, we serve the residents of Gladstone, Smithville, Tiffany Springs, Parkville, Liberty, and all surrounding Northland communities. We also service the North Kansas City, Parkhill, Smithville, Platte City, and Liberty school districts.