Dr. Meghan Darby
A Great Dentist

How often should I schedule exams and cleanings?

At Flint River Dental, we take prevention very seriously. Routine exams and cleanings are preventive services we provide that are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association recommends scheduling exams and cleanings twice a year. Patients with a history of oral health problems or periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings. When we see you every six months, we have the best chance of preventing decay and gum disease from doing serious damage to your smile.

During your routine exams, we’ll perform a thorough visual exam and note any changes we see since your last visit. If necessary, we’ll take digital x-rays to identify problems deep within your teeth. We use digital x-rays because they’re more efficient and, most importantly, expose you to significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays.

Professional cleanings are another essential preventive service that work with your at-home oral hygiene efforts to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During your cleaning, our hygienist removes the plaque and tartar that sit on your teeth and cause periodontal disease. We will treat any signs of infection and recommend a treatment plan to prevent it from reoccurring.

Without any doubt, staying current with exams and cleanings is the most important thing you can do to ensure a healthy smile. If it’s time for your next cleaning, please call our Huntsville dental office and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient appointment.