The semi-annual professional dental cleaning is an important component of your overall oral hygiene plan. We have found that it’s all too easy for busy patients to fall behind on this schedule. That’s why we are here to encourage you to schedule your semi-annual cleanings now—while you’re thinking about; there are so many important things that happen at these appointments! Keep reading to learn more from our Tinley Park dentists…
- Plaque and Tartar Maintenance
During your six-month appointment, our dental team will clear away the plaque and tartar that has built up on your smile since your last cleaning. Plaque is continually developing in your mouth; this sticky film contains bacteria, and leads to cavity development as well as gum disease. Regularly scheduled cleanings prevent bacteria levels from getting out of control.
- Thorough Screenings
When you meet with our dental team we will assess your smile for signs of damage and infection. This obviously involves looking for signs of dental caries and gum disease, but it also includes screening your mouth for cancerous tissues. Many oral health problems, including oral cancers, develop asymptomatically in the beginning; this is why professional screenings are so important.
- Building an Oral Health History
By sticking to a six-month cleaning schedule, you create a strong record of your oral health history. This enables our dental team to better identify, and then promptly treat, dental problems in their earliest stages.
Some people feel discouraged from coming in for a cleaning because they have been away from the dentist for a long time. We want to assure you that our Orland Park dentists are here to help you no matter what the current state of your smile; it’s never too late to get back on track. Give our office a call to speak to a member of our team, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question for our dentist!