Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Dedham, MA

Keeping Your Family’s Smiles Healthy and Happy

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Cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues tend to start small and can be very hard to notice. If they aren’t treated in time, they can lead to severe dental pain and other complications. You can save yourself and your loved ones a lot of time and trouble by having the small issues dealt with early on. To do that, it’s essential to schedule a checkup and cleaning with Dr. Patil every six months. Call us today to set up your next dental visit.

Why Choose Dr. Gauri Patil Family Dentistry for Dental Checkups & Cleanings?

  • Experienced Dentist That Treats You Like an Individual
  • Personalized Care for Patients of All Ages
  • Up-to-Date with the Latest Dental Technology

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important?

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Even if your teeth and gums feel normal, there could still be plaque and tartar buildup in the areas that you’ve overlooked while brushing. The most reliable way to get rid of plaque and tartar before they can lead to cavities is to visit your dentist for a routine cleaning.

Furthermore, your dentist is trained to look for signs of decay and disease that you might not catch on your own. For example, they might find a cavity and be able to treat it with a filling before it can lead to a severe toothache.

If you skip your dental checkups and cleanings, you could be at a higher risk for toothaches and other dental emergencies. By scheduling two dental visits a year, you can make it less likely that you’ll require invasive, time-consuming treatments later down the road.

What to Expect During a Dental Checkup

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When you arrive for your appointment, our team will make sure you’re comfortable and ask if you have any concerns about your oral health. Then, as part of your checkup, we will:

  • Perform a thorough examination of your entire mouth, including any existing dental work and your overall bite.
  • Screen for signs of oral cancer in your soft tissues.
  • Capture X-rays to check for hidden oral health issues. (This is usually done once a year.)
  • Develop a treatment plan if any issues are found.
  • Give you advice on improving your at-home oral care.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

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As part of the dental cleaning process, our team will use special instruments to get rid of the plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your teeth and gumline. It’s particularly important for us to remove tartar deposits, as brushing alone does not affect them.

The cleaning process also involves polishing your teeth to remove any surface stains. Then, to make sure there are no harmful bacteria hiding between your teeth, we’ll floss your smile. In certain cases, we might also perform a fluoride treatment. This simply involves painlessly applying a concentrated fluoride gel or varnish to your enamel; it only takes a few minutes, and it can help protect your teeth from decay in the long run.