The Importance of Regular Cleanings and Oral Exams
By Cynthia A. Bolton, DDS
November 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Though 85 percent of Americans agree that oral health is important, only 40 percent actually visit the dentist every year according to the dental visitsAmerican Dental Association Health Policy Institute. It’s unfortunate that some people still don’t understand the importance of going to regular dental cleanings and checkups. Going to the dentist at least twice per year can help many Americans avoid common oral health issues. Find out how Dr. Cynthia Bolton can help you take better care of your smile at her Reidsville, NC cosmetic dentistry.

What Happens at a Checkup Appointment?
You may be nervous about going to the dentist because you’re just not sure what happens at the appointment. When you go in for a basic cleaning and checkup, here is what you can expect:

- Cleaning around the gumline to remove debris, plaque, and tartar.
- Brushing and polishing the teeth.
- X-rays if you’re due for them.
- A check for cavities and other possible concerns.
- A general consultation about your oral health and possible treatments.

Why Cleanings and Oral Exams Are Important
When you check your teeth in the mirror each day, you may not be able to see some of the things that your Reidsville, NC dentist may notice. For instance, the dentist can see spots on the teeth that may be cavities. Your dentist is also able to clean beneath the gum line to find plaque and foreign matter that may not be visible to the naked eye. That plaque build-up is what causes gum disease, an oral health problem that affects up to half of Americans according to the CDC.

Prevent Dental Problems with Twice Yearly Visits
When you leave Dr. Bolton’s cosmetic dentistry after a regular cleaning, your mouth will feel fresh and clean. Twice yearly check-ups will also ensure that your teeth stay white, healthy, and strong. It’s a relatively short dentist appointment that makes a big difference.

Set Your Checkup Appointment Today
Part of caring for your smile is going to regular dental appointments. Cleanings and checkups are vital if you want to maintain your smile and keep all of your teeth for a lifetime. Call 336-349-9248 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Bolton’s Reidsville, NC cosmetic dentistry.