People often push regular checkups and cleanings to the backburner, leaving any small, lingering oral health problems untreated. As these issues become more severe, they also become harder to reverse. At Soldotna Dental Arts, our team strives to keep our patients healthy by providing them with high-quality and thorough preventive dental care every six months. Your oral health is a vital part of your overall wellbeing, which means that when you keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, you’re looking after your mental and physical health as well. If it has been longer than six months since you last visited your dentist, contact our office in Soldotna to schedule an appointment.
Many people wonder why it’s important to get semi-annual checkups and cleanings when they brush and floss their teeth every day at home. Using store-bought tools and products has its limits, which is why getting professional care is an absolute necessity to maintain good oral health. With routine visits to your dentist in Soldotna, you can:
In addition to all of these benefits, the typical dental insurance policy also covers the complete cost of two checkups and cleanings every 12 months. Even though we would all prefer to believe that oral health problems like cavities and toothaches sort themselves out on their own, that’s rarely the case. Next time you’re about to brush off a dental visit, remember that a simple cavity filling is much cheaper and easier than root canal therapy. When your appointment is over and you leave our office, you’ll feel great having fresh breath and a clean bill of health.
During your dental checkup, Dr. O’Donoghue will ask you some questions about your family dental health to help determine whether you’re at risk for developing certain oral conditions. If you haven’t received a digital X-ray in awhile, we take images of your facial structure and mouth to see if there are any problems that are hidden under the surface. Typically, X-rays are only done about once every year for adults, and more frequently for children since their mouths are developing quickly.
We’ll examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs or symptoms of cavities, gum disease, or infections. To complete the dental checkup portion of your visit, we will conduct a quick oral cancer screening in search of any abnormal lumps or sores.
During your dental cleaning, you may notice some special tools in your treatment room. We use scalers, dental mirrors, and polishers to reach in every nook and cranny of your mouth to clear plaque and tartar. This keeps harmful oral bacteria from accumulating and cavities from developing. We’ll complete your visit to Soldotna Dental Arts by polishing your teeth with a gritty substance called prophylaxis paste to break apart any stains, and floss between each of your teeth.