Why are regular dental cleanings important?
When it comes to oral health, you need a dentist who focuses on comprehensive and preventive care, and one of the most important aspects of this care is regular dental cleanings.
Not only does this procedure clean teeth better than you can do at home, but it also allows Dr. Koeppen to look for any issues that may arise with your teeth, gums, or jaw. He examines your teeth for decay and loose fillings, and screens for oral diseases and cancers. Without these regular dental cleanings, problems go undetected, leading to the need for more extensive and expensive dental care.
What’s more, research shows that there is a direct link between a person’s oral hygiene and their risk of heart disease and other illnesses. That means the better you take care of your teeth, the healthier you are.
What happens during a routine dental cleaning?
When you go to Dr. Koeppen’s office for a dental cleaning, you see both the dental hygienist and the doctor. At least once a year, X-rays are taken of your teeth and gums, checking for cavities and signs of tooth decay.
You also get a thorough teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning goes beyond what you can do at home with a toothbrush and dental floss. This teeth cleaning gets below the gum line to remove plaque and hard tartar that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Without these cleanings, plaque and tartar will accumulate, eventually leading to more serious problems.
After Dr. Koeppen cleans your teeth, he carefully examines your teeth, gums, tongue, and jaw, looking for anything that may be troublesome. This can include teeth that are decaying, loose fillings, or signs of mouth or throat cancer.
How often should you get your teeth cleaned?
Dr. Koeppen recommends that most patients get their teeth cleaned every six months. This allows him to keep a good eye on your oral health and hygiene and find issues before they become problematic. Twice a year visits also keep teeth clean, allowing for more prevention than cure.
If you’re in need of a dentist who can give everyone in the family a thorough teeth cleaning, contact Dr. Koeppen’s office or book an appointment online today.