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Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Portland, OR

Stop Oral Health Issues Before They Start

It’s common knowledge that brushing daily and flossing regularly are key for preventing things like toothaches and cavities. Unfortunately, healthy at-home dental hygiene habits can only go so far to protect your smile from serious problems. That’s why professional organizations like the American Dental Association recommend getting dental checkups and cleanings every six months. These quick and easy appointments can stop oral health issues before they start, plus they’re often covered by dental insurance. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, we invite you to give us a call and schedule your next appointment!

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important?

Woman smiling during dental checkup and cleaning in Portland

You may be thinking to yourself: “My teeth look and feel fine, do I really need to visit a dentist twice a year?” In short, the answer is yes! Your routine checkups and cleanings serve several important purposes, including:

  • Keep your smile bright & shiny: Everyone wants a bright, white smile! While daily brushing and flossing are key for keeping most of the discoloration away, a biannual polishing of your pearly whites will help remove deeper stains that you can’t remove yourself.
  • Prevent painful and expensive future issues: Most oral health issues develop without being noticed until they start to cause pain or complications. With routine checkups, we can spot and stop these issues long before they cause you pain or cost you extra money.
  • Detect systemic health issues early: Did you know that over 90% of systemic health issues show symptoms in the mouth? During your checkups and cleanings, we check for warning signs of problems like oral cancer, diabetes, acid reflux, heart disease, and much more.

What To Expect During a Dental Checkup

Man smiling during his dental checkup in Portland

During the checkup portion of your appointment, your Portland dentist Dr. Russ Teasdale will take the time to catch up with you, which will include updating your records, discussing any symptoms or discomfort you’ve been experiencing, and answering any questions you may have. Then, he’ll examine your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. In some cases, we may take X-rays to investigate the health of your tooth roots and jawbone. He will also check restorations like crowns, fillings, dentures, dental implants, or veneers, as well as a gum health check and an oral cancer screening.

Afterwards, he’ll review his finings with you. If any issues were detected, such as cavities or gum disease, he’ll explain the problems and how he recommends moving forward to treat it. You’ll work together to create a custom plan for getting your oral health back on track. This could include scheduling follow-up appointments for treatments like tooth-colored fillings or crowns, or it may focus more on improving your at-home oral hygiene routine.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

Closeup of patient getting a professional dental cleaning in Portland

The other half of your dental checkup will be dedicated to cleaning your teeth. One of our skilled dental hygienists will use a keen eye and specialized tools to remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. Next, we’ll use a prescription strength polishing paste to buff the surfaces of your teeth. This will thoroughly clean away any lingering particles and remove surface stains from your enamel. Not only will you gain a gleaming and fresh smile, but your risk of oral health issues will also be dramatically reduced.