Checkups & Cleanings

Keeping a Close Eye on Your Oral Health

Today’s dental treatments involve advanced materials and techniques that can help most people bounce back from any dental health concern. However, prevention is still the best way to protect and preserve your smile, and maintaining a regular schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments is vital to that goal. During each visit, Dr. Foust will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for any signs that could indicate cause for concern. Your exam may include the use of digital imaging equipment, such as digital X-rays and intraoral cameras. We’ll also carefully clean your teeth and gum line of harmful plaque and tartar, which house oral bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more.

The Importance of Prevention

If you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, then you can control most of the plaque that harmful oral bacteria form each day. Nevertheless, the tiny spots that you can miss now and then can quickly calcify into tartar, making it impervious to your toothpaste and water. The prolonged presence of tartar can give these bacteria time to erode your tooth enamel or irritate your gums. If not removed routinely, then they can quickly lead to progressive tooth decay and gum disease, as well as the need for more extensive periodontal or restorative treatment to address them.

Make Your Next Checkup & Cleaning Appointment

Checkup and cleaning appointments are vital to your good oral health, but they only count if you stick to your recommended schedule consistently. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.