Dental Exams & Cleanings

Just as you need to take care of your body, you also need to devote the appropriate time and attention to your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone over the age of one year old visit the dentist at least once a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning. At Pleasant Plains Dental, we are committed to helping our patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile by maintaining optimal oral health care.

Brushing your teeth and flossing them daily are essential at-home habits that will help keep your teeth clean, but those alone are not enough to protect against damaging bacteria that accumulates in the mouth over time. Between dental cleanings, plaque and tartar begin to build up on the teeth causing damage to the teeth and gums. A professional cleaning and dental exam will be done to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth as well as examine the entire mouth for other problems that may go unnoticed. Our entire team at Pleasant Plains Dental are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional dental exams and cleanings in order to promote beautiful smiles and healthy mouths.

Dental Cleanings, Exams & Checkups

Many people mistakenly believe that a dental exam and checkup are overrated and unnecessary – choosing only to visit the dentist when something is “wrong.” However, this misconception can be very dangerous and costly. Dentists are oral health care providers who do more than simply clean the teeth. Dentists examine the entire mouth for signs and symptoms of disease, infection, and cancer. Early diagnosis of any of these can not only save you from losing teeth, but early diagnosis can save your life.

With regular dental cleanings, exams, and checkups, the dental health providers at Pleasant Plains Dental are able to provide the highest quality oral health care available. By choosing to place an emphasis on your own oral health and regularly visiting the dentist, you are helping to ensure the longevity of your health – both oral and overall. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Should dental cleanings hurt?

Professional dental cleanings can feel a little uncomfortable at times, but they should not be painful. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, please let our team know in advance, and we will do our best to clean your teeth as gently and carefully as possible. If your teeth or gums have suddenly become very sensitive, that can be a sign of a few different dental issues, and we recommend letting our team know that that is a symptom that you are experiencing.

Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?

Most dental plans completely cover biannual cleanings and exams, so if you have dental insurance, you might as well use your benefits! For uninsured or underinsured patients, our office offers an in-house dental savers plan that covers biannual dental visits as well as fluoride treatments and X-rays. We also accept payment plans through CareCredit®, and new patients are welcome to take advantage of our new patient discounts on their first routine visit.

What if I have gum disease?

If your gums have turned red, are sore or tender, or bleed frequently when you brush your teeth, you may be in the beginning stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that is completely reversible with an enhanced at-home oral care routine and regular dental cleanings. Once gingivitis turns into periodontal disease, deep dental cleanings and periodontal maintenance are required to maintain a healthy and functional smile.