You Need Consistent Checkups And Cleanings

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When we have the opportunity to examine and clean your smile on a periodic basis, this helps prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Which is why your Des Moines, IA, dentist recommends seeing us for a checkup and cleaning every six months. In today’s blog, we’re explaining what to expect from these visits!

The Value of Your Dental Checkup

When you stop in for a checkup, our team will use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to take a series of detailed images of your smile. These images give us a close peek at your teeth, roots, gums, jaw, and oral structures. With these detailed images available instantly chairside, we can discuss the diagnosis with you, and help you understand the current state of your smile. The exam is a chance to find cavities, infection, gingivitis and even gum disease in the earliest stages. We also screen for oral cancer, and watch for signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The earlier we identify these issues, the sooner we offer care to restore overall oral health!

Cleaning Your Teeth

We don’t just examine your teeth, we also clean them! A dental cleaning does what brushing and flossing alone cannot do. We remove all buildup with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. The process then lowers the risk of issues like cavities and periodontal disease, and also offers fresh breath and brighter teeth. In only a few minutes, we significantly improve the overall health of your smile. The last step of the process involves thoroughly polishing your teeth.

Brushing and Flossing at Home

Your six-month visit is essential for healthy smiles, but you also need to take care of your teeth and gums at home. These actions help limit plaque buildup and keep teeth and gums stronger. You should start and end your day by brushing your teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss every evening to remove what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. Other tips include enjoying a healthier diet, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding tobacco products. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, then please contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy your best possible smile!


Our team is ready to start your path toward a stronger smile with a simple exam and dental cleaning. To find out more about how we help people maintain good oral health, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565. Summer is the perfect time to arrange for a visit for you and your family, so we help you maintain your best possible smile!