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Checkups & Cleanings – Montrose, TX

Your Health & Wellbeing Are Our Top Priority

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People usually aren’t thrilled to visit their dentist in Montrose every six months for a checkup and cleaning, which is why their appointments often get put on the backburner to make room for other plans. The problem is, without regular preventive dental care, you could be opening the door for severe oral health issues to develop, like tooth infections and gum disease. When you put off routine visits, you’re increasing the likelihood that you’ll need invasive or major dental treatments down the road. At Tamborello Dental Associates, our patients’ health is our top priority, which is why we go out of our way to offer high-quality and thorough dental checkups and cleanings. 

What Happens During a Checkup & Cleaning?

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When you visit your dentist at Tamborello Dental Associates every six months for your checkup and cleaning, our team of professionals will start your appointment with an examination. If it’s been a while since the last time you had dental X-rays taken, we may get images of your mouth so we can spot any issues hidden underneath the surface. We will then examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues in search of any abnormalities that could be signs of oral cancer, gum disease, or dental decay. If we find any problems, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan before we move onto the cleaning portion of your visit.

After any oral health problems have been addressed, our experienced dental hygienists will start working on removing any plaque or tartar buildup along your gumline. Using special tools like the scaler, dental mirror, and polisher, we’ll be able to reach into every nook and cranny of your mouth that you aren’t able to get to at home. By placing a small amount of a gritty substance called prophylaxis paste on our polisher and moving it over your teeth, we’ll break apart any unsightly surface stains. After a quick and final floss, we’ll send you on your way!

Why is Preventive Dental Care Important?

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Many people wonder why it’s necessary for them to visit their dentist every six months if they brush and floss every day at home. The answer is, there are hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that you can’t get to with a regular toothbrush. When plaque builds up and hardens in these places, you won’t be able to remove it without the help of a dental professional and special tools like the scaler. These harmful substances also increase your risk of developing oral health problems that can cause you issues down the road. Some other reasons you’ll never want to miss a regular checkup and cleaning include:

  • Detect oral cancer early for increased chances of successful treatment.
  • Diagnose and treat gum disease in its early stages.
  • Fill cavities before they develop into tooth infections.
  • Avoid needing costly and invasive dental treatments for serious oral health issues by tackling problems while they’re still small.
  • Prevent bad oral habits from harming your mouth.
  • Find hidden problems with digital dental X-rays.
  • Helps decrease risk for developing heart disease and high blood pressure.

In short, dental checkups and cleanings from our experienced professionals at Tamborello Dental Associates are well worth the effort, because without them, you’re opening the door for severe issues to form. At our practice, we strive to diagnose and tackle problems while they’re painless and easy to treat, so our patients can remain healthy, happy, and worry-free.

How Can You Keep Your Mouth Healthy Between Appointments?

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Keeping your mouth in tip-top shape between visits with us can actually shorten your checkups and cleanings. The more diligent you are with brushing and flossing, the less plaque and tartar our dental hygienists will have to remove during your appointment, making your visit short and sweet. The best ways to keep your mouth problem-free are to:

  • Floss every day.
  • Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash daily.
  • Brush twice each day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Break bad oral habits like nail-biting and smoking.
  • Treat bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.
  • Stay hydrated with water.

If you have any questions about what types of oral hygiene tools and products you should be using or whether you need any additional preventive dental treatments, don’t hesitate to ask us during your checkup and cleaning. Our team is more than happy to address any concerns you may have, that way you feel confident in your ability to care for your smile.