Why Are Routine Dental Visits Important?

Many patients know they should visit the dentist but don’t know why regular appointments are important. At routine dental visits, our dental professionals ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. They also provide cleanings and thorough exams to maintain the smile. Here you can learn more about what happens at a routine dental visit in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office.

Routine Dental Visit in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Routine Dental Visits in our Gaithersburg, MD Office

During regular dental appointments, we provide dental cleanings, x-rays, and exams. Our dental hygienists use special dental tools to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. They clean plaque and tartar from the smile, or bacteria buildup that can cause decay and disease. Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that turns into calculus when hardened. Removing bacteria from the smile keeps them healthy.

At some appointments, we will take digital x-rays to view the teeth, gums, and jaw. We take x-rays regularly to keep track of the health of the teeth and gums. Even if you do not experience regular dental problems, we can find early signs of oral health issues with x-rays. We can also see wisdom teeth or misalignment with x-rays.

Our dentists also examine the smile after dental cleanings. They look for signs of oral cancer or gum disease in the soft tissues of the mouth. These dental problems are highly damaging to patients’ oral health and overall health. Common signs of gum disease include red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Oral cancer appears as chronic mouth sores or red and white patches in the mouth. Our professional dentists can quickly diagnose patients with x-rays and thorough exams to find the right treatments to reverse damage to the smile.

Patients’ Experiences at Dental Check-ups

“Just a cleaning and check-up. The staff is always friendly and professional. They respect your time and see you at your appointment time.”

-Tony B.

“Great experience on my very first visit. Very thorough examination.”

-Bob J.

“Amazing job replacing my cracked crown in just one-and-a-half hours, and with no pain whatsoever! And very thorough bi-annual cleanings! I highly recommend this practice!”

-Terry L.

“Excellent service, kind, gentle, and informative. Everyone there is polite, there’s no hurry or rush, and they really care about their patients. Best experience I’ve had since I was a child.”

-Ben D.

Do you need to schedule your next dental check-up? Call Totally Smiles at 301-701-5861 or request a dental consultation on our website. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit.