At Smiles In Springfield, our goal is to see you as little as possible. Not because we don’t enjoy spending time with our patients, but because we want to keep your dental work to a minimum. With regular checkups and cleanings, Dr. Tran and Dr. Grimmer can make sure your smile stays healthy and help you avoid extensive dental work as much as possible. In most cases, just coming in twice a year is enough to keep your oral health on track. If you’re overdue for a checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to give our office a call!
When we perform your bi-annual dental exam, we do so much more than check for cavities. We look at every aspect of your oral health to make everything is functioning the way it should.
Since your oral health and general health are connected, we start by reviewing your medical history. Then, since we can’t see what’s happening inside your teeth, under your dental work, or inside your jaws, we’ll take X-rays (usually just once per year) to help us see everything that we need to.
In addition, we also perform a fast, easy oral cancer screening at each visit. These screenings take just minutes and are done by both our dentists and hygienists. You’ll also get an annual gum exam to make sure we find and treat gum disease early on, and Dr. Tran or Dr. Grimmer will spend time assessing your teeth and existing dental work. Finally, we’ll answer any questions you may have.
Unfortunately, no one can remove all the plaque and tartar in their mouth on their own, so it’s important to get a dental cleaning in Springfield at least twice a year. Along with good oral hygiene habits at home, professional cleanings will help you avoid bad breath, gum disease, and cavities.
After discussing any concerns or special requests you have, we’ll gently but thoroughly remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and under your gumline. Then we’ll finish with a polish and floss to help your smile look and feel its best. Your comfort is a top priority, and we’ll be checking in with you periodically from start to finish to make sure you’re doing well.
Many people are able to maintain good oral health with two checkups and cleanings each year. But we often recommend these visits more frequently (every 3-4 months) for our patients who are pregnant, have gum disease, or have certain health conditions such as diabetes. Some insurance plans offer coverage for additional visits and we’re happy to help you check your benefits.
With regular checkups and cleanings at our dental office in Springfield, you can look forward to a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth.