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Dental Checkups and Cleanings – Crystal River, FL

Keep Your Smile Healthy for Years to Come

While daily brushing and flossing can go a long way in maintaining a healthy mouth, it’s not quite enough to avoid oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. If you really want to keep your smile healthy for years to come, it pays to schedule a checkup and cleaning with Dr. Lisa Schnell, your dentist in Crystal River, on a regular basis. Normally, we recommend coming in every six months, but depending on the state of your oral and general health, we may suggest more frequent appointments. What exactly happens at these checkups? Keep reading below to find out.

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Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Dental Checkups and Cleanings? 

  • Patient Comfort Always Comes First
  • Dentist with More Than 30 Years of Experience
  • Maintain a Healthy Smile for Years to Come

Your Dental Checkup

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Even if you take diligent care of your smile with at-home oral hygiene, problems might still arise that your untrained eyes can’t pick up on. This is where Dr. Schnell’s expertise comes in. She can detect oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay by thoroughly examining your teeth, gums, lips, tongue, bite, jaw, and existing dental work. She may also take x-rays to check for any problems that the naked eye can’t see, such as jawbone issues and cavities in between the teeth. Additionally, she’ll check your mouth, throat, head, and neck for any suspicious areas that could point to oral cancer. Because oral cancer can potentially be fatal, regularly coming in for a checkup could end up saving your life!

Your Teeth Cleaning

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Once Dr. Schnell has finished her evaluation, it’s time for you to get acquainted with one of our dental hygienists. Using special instruments, they will remove plaque and its handed form, tartar, that has built up on your teeth and gums. With regular brushing and flossing, you can get rid of plaque on your own. However, once it has hardened into tartar, only a dental professional can remove it, which is why regular teeth cleanings are crucial.

After removing plaque and tartar, the hygienist will apply a special paste to your pearly whites to break up stains and make your smile shine a little brighter. If Dr. Schnell has determined that you’re at a high risk for tooth decay, we can then apply a fluoride treatment or dental sealants to greatly reduce the chance of decay damaging your smile.

The Importance of Regular Appointments

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Many oral health problems don’t display noticeable symptoms like discomfort until serious damage has already been done. At this point, it’s very likely that treatment will be fairly expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, regular checkups can save you both time and money. By attending your biannual appointments, Dr. Schnell can examine your mouth and point out oral health issues before they spiral into larger problems, while treatment is typically easier and much less invasive.

Cleanings are just as important in the long run. Plaque and tartar contain an abundance of bacteria that can attack the tooth enamel, resulting in cavities, and irritate the gum tissue, causing periodontal disease. As long as your hygienist cleans out these harmful substances on a regular basis, you should be able to avoid these conditions.

Dental Checkups & Cleanings FAQs

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Your oral hygiene at home is crucial to your dental health; however, it’s only half the care your smile needs. It’s also best to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Although you’ve heard routine appointments are beneficial, are they really necessary? We know you have several questions. Here are the answers to a few of the most common ones we are asked to help you make the best decisions for your smile.

Do I really need preventive appointments?

The American Dental Association recommends everyone over the age of 2 visits their dentist at least every 6 months for preventive care. Routine appointments are crucial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy by removing harmful accumulations. In addition, it allows your dentist to detect issues while they are still small to prevent them from worsening to reduce your overall oral health expenses. Although you might believe you will save money by only seeing your dentist when a problem occurs, research shows every $1 spent on prevention can reduce your restorative dentistry costs by $50.

Does my child need preventive dental care?

Routine dental appointments are vital for developing smiles. Besides keeping the teeth and gums healthy, it also allows your child’s dentist to monitor their primary teeth and the eruption of their permanent ones. Semi-annual care creates the foundation your child needs for lasting oral health throughout their life.

How much do cleanings and checkups cost?

There isn’t a set fee for cleanings and checkups because the cost is determined by your specific needs, such as if X-rays are required. If you have dental insurance, you can benefit from 2 preventive appointments per year. By paying your monthly premiums, most policies cover preventive dentistry 100%, so you can visit your dentist regularly without worrying about a large bill.

Will I need any additional treatments?

Based on the results of your examination, we might recommend additional treatments, like a filling if we discover a cavity. We will explain our findings and discuss our recommendations to help you make informed decisions for your dental health.

How do I find the right dentist?

If you need a preventive visit, don’t Google, “Where is a dentist near me?” Instead, take the time to choose the right dental office for your needs. Ask friends and loved ones for recommendations. Then, review each dentist’s qualifications, experience, and services to ensure they have everything you need under one roof. Finally, check to see if they have the accommodations you require, like flexible office hours or accept your dental insurance.

What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait until your next preventive appointment. Instead, contact our office right away for immediate attention. We’ll provide the quick care to stop your pain and save your tooth. If you have any concerns about a certain problem you’re experiencing, don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with a member of our team.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Attending routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Crystal River is one of the easiest ways to keep your smile in great shape. Best of all, you’ll likely only need to see us twice a year. The time these appointments take is well worth it to maintain a healthy smile for life. Contact us today to book your appointment and get your oral health on the right track.