Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings

CleaningsBrushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing them at least once is an essential and well-known part of your dental hygiene routine. However, your oral hygiene relies on more than just daily cleaning at home for it to be effective. In addition to daily cleanings at your sink, your teeth and gums also need professional care and attention from your dentist to avoid the effects of plaque and tartar buildup. During each visit, we’ll carefully clean away harmful plaque and tartar, as well as thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums to ensure that they are still free of any developing issues.

Why Exams and Cleanings Matter

Oral bacteria, the building blocks of plaque, lead to issues like cavities, gum disease, and chronic bad breath when they’re allowed to remain for too long. When plaque stays on your teeth for more than a day (like when you miss a spot without realizing it), it calcifies into tartar. Unlike plaque, tartar is insoluble, and cannot be removed with toothpaste and water. Professional dental cleaning is the only way to rid your mouth of tartar, and therefore, it is necessary to successfully prevent the issues that result from excessive oral bacteria accumulation.

Likewise, routine professional exams are the only way for your dentist to thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums to ensure that your smile stays healthy. During your exam, we’ll also perform a comprehensive oral cancer screening to look for lumps, ulcers, lesions, and other tissue abnormalities that could indicate cancerous cells. If necessary, Dr. Burds can recommend a biopsy from a trusted oral surgeon for a more detailed analysis and diagnosis.

Schedule Your Next Exam and Cleaning

Through regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings, you can keep your smile healthy and attractive while reducing your risks of needing more extensive treatment in the future. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.