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Dental Checkups & Cleanings | Fanwood, NJ

Defend Your Oral Health with Regular Dental Visits

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Just because you can’t see or feel any oral health problems doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Issues like tooth decay and gum disease can start out so small that they’re completely unnoticeable. While brushing and flossing every day is essential, it’s still necessary to see your dentist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment.

Why Choose Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care for Dental Checkups & Cleanings?

  • Experienced and Compassionate Dentists
  • Clean and Welcoming Office Environment
  • We Welcome All Dental Insurance

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important?

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While many people may think that skipping dental visits should be fine if their mouth feels okay, nothing can be further from the truth. Dental problems often have a way of imperceptibly getting worse, and you may only notice them after they have done permanent damage. Dental cleanings can remove the plaque that causes cavities, and cavities that are already present can be treated before they need more expensive treatments like root canals. Oral health issues like cavities and gum disease are also linked to severe overall health problems like heart disease and diabetes, and preventing them can reduce the risks of developing them.

Regular dental visits can also prevent dental emergencies such as the dreaded toothache, and treating these problems is always more expensive and time-consuming than routine dental visits. Most insurance plans completely cover two checkups and cleanings every year, but restorative treatments like fillings typically come with out-of-pocket expenses.

What to Expect During a Dental Checkup

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During your dental checkup, our dentist will examine your teeth, gums, overall bite, and existing dental work to evaluate your overall health and screen for oral cancer. We will usually take X-rays at least once a year to assess the health of your jaw and detect any issues developing beneath the surface. If any issues are detected, we will develop a treatment plan personalized to fit your needs. We will also take the time to advise you on better oral hygiene practices and answer any questions you may have about at-home care or further treatments. We will also review and update your medical history and list of medications, as these can impact your oral health.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

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Some parts of the mouth cannot be cleaned at home despite your best brushing and flossing efforts, making professional cleanings necessary. Our dental hygienist will use special tools to eliminate plaque and tartar that have accumulated between your teeth and along your gumline, reducing your risk of developing issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. They will then polish your teeth to eliminate minor surface stains and give them a thorough flossing as well. We may also administer a fluoride treatment at the end of your cleaning. Afterward, your teeth and mouth should be feeling clean and fresh.