Beyond daily oral care, one of the best ways to protect your teeth and oral health is routine cleanings and checkups. At Columbia Dental Center, we offer comprehensive exams for our patients to help care for their teeth and gums. These general dentistry appointments can catch small oral issues before they become worse, such as cavities, tooth cracks, and gum disease. Your routine dental checkups and teeth cleaning include professional cleanings which are necessary to remove and plaque or tarter buildup that you are not getting in your normal daily hygiene routine.
While brushing and flossing can help reduce plaque, bacteria, tartar, and decay, it is only part of preventive care. Professional teeth cleanings are the only way to remove hard tartar or dental calculus that can lead to gingivitis and other health issues. Our hygienist can scale away any tartar and plaque, and polish your teeth. We recommend that most of our patients receive teeth cleanings In our office twice per year, more often for those with gum disease. This is the best way to maintain good gum and tooth health, especially for areas that are difficult to clean on your own.
Another part of your routine visits to our office will include a comprehensive exam by Dr. Leppo. Using x-rays and a thorough physical exam of your teeth and soft tissues, Dr. Leppo can identify any problems that could jeopardize your smile. This includes cavities, chips, cracks or signs of infection. Catching these issues early is the best-way to protect your teeth. If there are any problems, Dr. Leppo will recommend the right treatment to bring your oral health back to an optimal level.
Keep your smile looking great by taking care of your teeth at home and scheduling your professional teeth cleaning and checkup twice a year. Contact us today to schedule your next exam. We look forward to meeting you!