March 22-28 is National Spring Cleaning week, and while this occasion is mostly geared toward removing unwanted items from your home, it can also be a good time to talk about your dental health. Did you know that your teeth need “spring cleaning,” too? Even properly caring for your teeth and gums cannot fully protect them from plaque and tartar that build up over time. Read on as our dentist in Kennewick, WA, Dr. Andrew Mohlman, discusses the three things that happen during a preventive dental appointment.  

1. A deep cleaning—One of the main benefits of routine dental care is the thorough cleaning you receive. This is necessary to ensure that any plaque and tartar buildup is removed before it can turn into bacteria that can cause cavities and lead to gum disease. Cleanings can also help keep breath clean and fresh, and give your teeth a good polish.

2. A complete examination—Along with a deep cleaning, our dentist in Kennewick, WA, will check the teeth, gums, and all areas inside the mouth for signs of disease and decay. Using an intraoral camera, issues not visible to the naked eye can be detected before they become a more serious concern. This technology also lets you see what Dr. Mohlman sees.

3. Full digital x-rays—A clear look into the structures of the mouth, including bones and teeth, can help improve preventive care and diagnosis of cavities hidden below the surface of teeth. Digital x-rays specifically can provide high-quality images within minutes, which can be used to educate you on the current state of your mouth.  

The goal of preventive dental health care is to keep the teeth and gums clean, and to keep disease and decay either at bay or prevented altogether. Do your teeth need to be spring cleaned? Schedule an appointment with our dentist in Kennewick, WA, today!