Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Bellevue, WA
Preventing and Detecting Dental Issues with Expert Care
Even those with a great at-home brushing and flossing routine may have dental issues that can’t be seen or felt. That’s why it’s important to attend dental checkups and cleanings biannually. At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Preet Taneja takes pride in her ability to detect dental issues while they are still small to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout the year. Contact our office today to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning with an expert dentist in Bellevue.
What Happens at Your Dental Visit?
Your biannual dental appointments will consist of a cleaning and a checkup, which are both equally important to your oral and overall health.
During your cleaning, one of our highly trained dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar buildup that hasn’t been removed through daily brushing and flossing. Tartar, one of the leading causes of gum disease, is a hardened version of plaque that can only be removed by a professional. They will then polish your teeth to give you a fresh tasting and great looking smile. Lastly, they will floss your teeth, making sure to remove any remaining debris or plaque.
Your cleaning is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your oral health. After one of our hygienists has cleaned your mouth, they will have a better idea of areas of your oral healthcare that you could improve on.
After your cleaning, Dr. Preet Taneja will give your mouth a thorough exam. The main goal of this exam is to detect any dental issues that may have occurred since your last appointment. She will check your mouth, head, neck, and jaw to make sure everything is functioning well, and she will also use digital X-Rays to get an in-depth look at your teeth. X-Rays are typically where she will be able to identify tooth decay and cavities. She also prevents and detects issues like:
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
- Alignment and bite problems
- Jaw complications
- Issues with wisdom teeth
The Importance of Biannual Checkups and Cleanings
While dental checkups and cleanings leave you with a great looking and feeling smile, their main goal is prevention. These appointments have an important job of protecting your oral health, but early detection of issues like gum disease and oral cancer can save you from much more extensive and expensive procedures in the future. Gum disease has now been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. As studies continue to pile up regarding the relationship between your dental health and overall wellbeing, checkups and cleanings have become more important than ever.
Whether you have oral health problems or not, routine checkups and cleanings give you certainty. Contact Dr. Preet Taneja and our expert team for simple and relaxing dental visits to make sure you’re staying healthy.