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Routine visits to your dentist are a vital part of protecting your smile and oral health. While your home oral care is also important, preventive dental cleanings and exams can make a significant difference. At Southern Oaks Family Dental Care, our dental team stresses the importance of regular cleanings and exams for patients to help maintain healthy smiles.

Dental cleanings are an excellent way to help prevent periodontal or gum disease. Brushing and flossing daily can remove most plaque and bacteria from the teeth, but there are always some areas that are difficult to clean. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which requires dental tools to remove from the teeth. Tartar can contribute to gum disease and other problems, which is why it should be removed at least twice a year with a dental cleaning.

Our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and give your smile a polish for a whiter, brighter smile. She will also perform a periodontal exam to check the health of your gums. If there are any signs of gingivitis or gum disease, a periodontal treatment plan may be recommended to restore healthier gums.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

At least once a year, you should have a comprehensive dental exam to check the health of your teeth. This exam may include x-rays to check for decay or damage to the teeth and oral bones. Our dentist will also physically examine the oral cavity to check for any health concerns. Routine dental exams can catch decay or other oral health issues in the early stages when they are easier and less expensive to fix. Our dentist will discuss any issues found and the best treatment plan to maintain your oral health.

Dental cleanings and exams are usually covered by most dental insurance plans as preventive care. Keeping up with your preventive care visits is one of the best ways to protect your smile and reduce your dental care costs.

If it has been several months since your last dental cleaning or over a year since your last checkup, give us a call at Southern Oaks Family Dental Care. We welcome new patients of all ages at our dental center in Baton Rouge, LA. Contact our office today to schedule your first checkup.

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