Regular Dental Checkup

Discover the importance of regular dental checkups at keith + associates dentistry, where we offer thorough teeth cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and X-rays to ensure your smile remains healthy and radiant.

Regular Dental Checkups

At keith + associates dentistry, we believe in the importance of preventative dental care to maintain your overall health and bright smile. Regular dental checkups every six months are crucial, as they allow us to detect and treat issues before they become more serious problems. During these visits, our team provides thorough teeth cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. We also conduct detailed oral cancer screenings to ensure early detection and intervention, significantly improving treatment outcomes. Moreover, our checkups include X-rays to examine underlying issues that may not be visible during a regular exam, ensuring comprehensive care. By prioritizing these biannual visits, you’re taking a proactive step in preserving your oral health and ensuring your smile stays beautiful and healthy for years to come.

  • Why is regular teeth cleaning important?

    Regular teeth cleaning is important for several reasons:

    1. Prevention of Gum Disease: Regular cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar build-up, which, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease. Early intervention prevents the progression of the disease, which can cause gum recession and tooth loss.
    2. Cavity Prevention: During teeth cleaning, dental professionals can remove plaque, the main cause of tooth decay. Regular removal of plaque reduces the likelihood of cavities forming.
    3. Early Detection of Dental Issues: Regular visits to the dentist allow for early detection of problems such as cavities, broken fillings, and more severe dental issues. Early detection often results in easier and less costly treatments.
    4. Maintaining Overall Health: Dental health is linked to overall health. Poor oral hygiene can be associated with several serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Regular dental cleanings can reduce the risk of such diseases.
    5. A Brighter, Whiter Smile: Teeth cleaning removes stains from coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco, resulting in a whiter, brighter smile.
    6. Fresh Breath: Regular cleaning helps to eliminate persistent bad breath caused by decaying food particles and bacteria in the mouth.
  • How often should you get dental checkups?

    Most dental professionals recommend that you get dental checkups every six months. This frequency is ideal for most people to maintain optimal oral health. During these checkups, your dentist can perform routine cleanings, monitor your oral health, and catch any early signs of dental issues like cavities, gum disease, or other conditions that might require more complex treatment if left unchecked.

    However, the frequency of dental visits might vary depending on an individual’s oral health needs. Some people with specific dental issues or higher risk factors for dental diseases might need to visit their dentist more frequently, such as every three or four months. Your dentist will recommend the best schedule for your personal dental care based on your unique health profile and dental history.

  • Why are brushing and flossing important?

    Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining oral health because they prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing plaque and food particles. This routine not only combats bad breath but also contributes to overall health by reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions linked to oral bacteria. Regular oral hygiene keeps your smile bright and helps avoid serious dental problems.

  • What are other preventative dental care strategies?

    Beyond regular cleanings and checkups, there are several other preventative dental care strategies that help maintain oral health:

    1. Dental Sealants: Applying sealants to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can prevent decay in the pits and fissures of the enamel.
    2. Fluoride Treatments: Professional fluoride treatments, either as a gel, foam, or varnish, can strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay. Fluoride can also be found in toothpaste and some community water supplies.
    3. Dietary Choices: Limiting intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks helps reduce tooth decay. Eating a balanced diet that includes dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and nuts can support dental health.
    4. Mouthguards: Wearing a mouthguard during sports can protect against tooth breakage, loss, and other oral injuries.
    5. Tobacco Cessation: Avoiding tobacco products can prevent periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.
    6. Interdental Cleaners: Using tools like water flossers, interdental brushes, or dental picks can help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line, especially in areas that are difficult to reach with traditional floss.

    Incorporating these strategies into your daily routine can significantly enhance your oral health and reduce the need for more complex dental procedures later on.

Is It Time For Your Next Checkup?

If you have more questions about dental checkups and other preventative dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

keith + associates dentistry

6299 Nall Ave.
Suite 300
Mission, KS 66202
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Monday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


(913) 384-0044

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