Dental Checkup West Covina CA

Dental Checkup

Dental Checkup in West Covina

To ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, it is important to have regular dental checkups. With our comprehensive dental checkups at Dentist of West Covina, you can be assured that you will get the expert dental care that you need to preserve your oral health.

What Is a Dental Checkup?

A dental checkup is an appointment with your dentist to check on the health of your teeth and gums. If any issues are found, the dentist will recommend a treatment plan for you.

Why Is a Dental Checkup Important?

You may think that you don't need a dental checkup, but oftentimes, many dental issues are hidden or just brewing under the surface. For example, it is far better to stop the progression of a cavity when it is just starting than to wait until it has become painful.

How Often Should I Get a Dental Checkup?

We recommend getting a full dental exam done yearly and dental cleanings done at least twice per year.

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

There are typically two parts of a comprehensive dental checkup. The first part is the dental exam and the second component is a teeth cleaning. Both steps are an important part of your dental health maintenance.

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Dental Exam West Covina CA

What Is a Dental Exam?

At the beginning of your dental exam, we will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for any cavities, misalignments, and gum issues. We may use a special probe tool to check your gums for deep pockets that can indicate gum disease. We may also examine your throat and tongue for signs of any infection or cancer. If anything of concern is found, our caring dentist will carefully explain to you what the issue is and what steps we recommend to improve your dental health.

What Are Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-rays are taken, along with other advanced imaging if necessary, to check the teeth for cavities and alignment issues. You will be given protective covering to wear during the X-ray. The dental X-rays will be reviewed thoroughly by our dentist and are an important part of developing a treatment plan, if needed.

What Is a Dental Cleaning?

The purpose of a dental cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar build up that collect on teeth and generate bacteria. The bacteria can cause problems - eating away at teeth and causing cavities and gum inflammation, which can turn into gum disease if not treated. Our skilled dental hygienist will clean your teeth using special tools to scrape away the plaque and tartar. Our hygienist will also floss and polish your teeth at the end of the cleaning.

What Are the Benefits of a Dental Checkup?

When you come in for a dental exam, you are taking a proactive step in maintaining your health. Your oral health actually can affect the health of your entire body. Gum disease such as periodontitis can cause you to lose teeth if it progresses too far. The bacteria that collect under the gum line due to plaque and tartar buildup can actually get dislodged during daily brushing and infect other areas of the body, such as the heart. Additionally, a dental exam can find early signs of cancer in the mouth and catch it before it is too late.

What Do Dental Checkups Cost?

You should check with your dental insurance provider, because for many, a yearly dental exam is covered by your dental insurance benefits, as well as a basic cleaning. Otherwise, a dental exam and/or cleaning can range from $75 to $150 and up.

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