Taking Time For Your Checkup And Cleaning

des moines checkup and cleaning

There is still time to schedule a visit for a checkup and cleaning, and to start your new year with a healthier smile. These visits benefit people of all ages, from kids to adults. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the importance of taking time for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year.

How an Exam Help Your Smile

When you sit down for a checkup, we will carefully examine your smile using advanced digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. The resulting images will be available instantly chairside, so we can walk you through the diagnostic process and help you better understand your smile. We also identify factors in the earliest stages, sometimes before you even experience symptoms. These exams could identify cavities and infection, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. We screen for oral cancer and also watch for indicators of TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, and bruxism (teeth grinding). For children, also make sure that teeth are falling out and erupting on schedule. Catching these issues early means treatment is often less involved.

The Dental Cleaning Process

The same visit also involves a preventive procedure known as a dental cleaning. The process means we gently remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. This benefits people of all ages, and helps limit the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, cavities, and even periodontal disease. If you have warning signs of gum disease, we could use a deep cleaning to remove buildup from the roots as well, allowing us to begin managing the disease moving forward with routine visits every three to four months. We will also discuss how to properly brush and floss, so you can limit buildup from home in between our six-month office visits.

Using Your Benefits

You still have time to schedule a visit or a checkup and cleaning, so we start addressing serious issues before 2021 comes to an end. You not only start a new year with a new smile, but you also have a chance to use any remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits or health savings account funds before they expire at the end of December. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then give us a call today to learn more.


We would like to help your family enjoy good oral health, in this year and the next. To find out more about our approach to general dental care, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.