Dental Exams and Cleaning
Routine Teeth Cleaning Services and Dental Examinations
Regular teeth cleaning and dental exams are important parts of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many people don't go to the dentist nearly often enough. Do you make regular dental exams a part of your oral hygiene practice? If not, schedule a dental cleaning and examination with Anderson Dental — the Payson, Arizona, practice of choice for kids, adults and seniors. We also invite those who may be new to the Payson area.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Appointments
The American Dental Association advises getting a cleaning every six months to maintain your whitest, healthiest smile. At a dental checkup, our hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and examine them for soft spots and other signs of decay.
At your checkup, we will x-ray your teeth using the latest technology and examine the results for infection and weakness. We will assess the health of your gums and bite as well as your neck and head. If warranted, following the cleaning and review we will advise and schedule follow-up work.
Regular dental appointments keep your teeth and gums healthy and provide a number of different benefits, including:
- Early detection: Because decay often occurs with no physical symptoms, and treating cavities and infections is easier done earlier on, more regular visits can prevent a variety of uncomfortable procedures.
- Managing oral hygiene: During your regular checkup, the dentists at Anderson Dental will ensure your mouth is free from plaque and tartar, as well as check for more serious dental conditions.
- Tooth care recommendations: During your appointment, you can ask us for advice on proper oral hygiene or address any other concerns you may have.
Caring for Your Teeth Between Appointments
The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease from developing is by practicing good dental hygiene on your own at home. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing are the first steps to caring properly for your teeth.
When you brush your teeth, follow these steps:
- With a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush, begin gently brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth. Where your teeth and gums meet, keep your brush at a 45-degree angle. Use the same method for the back of your teeth.
- For your upper and lower front teeth, hold your brush vertically and brush gently.
- Once you finish with your teeth, be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
Although many people neglect flossing more often than brushing, it's just as important — it removes plaque your toothbrush can't reach. For optimal flossing, follow this technique:
- Pull out a piece of floss about 15 to 20 inches long, generally the same length as your arm. Wrap each end around the middle finger of each hand.
- Holding the floss between your thumbs and forefinger, carefully insert the floss between each of your upper teeth.
- Be sure not to force it or snap it in. Curve the floss around the tooth and gently move it up and down both sides. When one section of floss becomes soiled, change to a different one.
- Be sure to floss the very back of your teeth in the corners of your mouth.
- Afterward, rinse with water to get rid of the food particles and plaque that have been loosened.
- If you experience pain or bleeding while flossing, try applying lighter pressure or flossing more frequently.
Contact the team at Anderson Dental if you keep having pain or bleeding while flossing or brushing, so we can determine the cause.
Let Anderson Dental Help Care for Your Teeth
Even with daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up — especially in hard-to-see, hard-to-reach places. Our team at Anderson Dental includes friendly and professional dental hygienists who will keep your teeth free of hard-to-remove plaque. They also keep an eye out for areas that may be at risk of developing cavities or tooth decay. Plus, they are happy to provide useful tips on how to care for your teeth and your overall oral health.
If you're nervous about a trip to the dentist, our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We offer our patients throughout the Payson, AZ, area experienced and friendly service each time you visit.
It's Never Too Late to Visit the Dentist
Even if you haven’t been to the dentist for several years, don't worry. Our gentle and effective professionals will help you get the treatment you need quickly and more comfortably. The important thing is to get to the dentist as soon as possible so you can establish a record of regular visits and treat any issues quickly. Don't wait until something hurts; schedule an appointment instead — before a simple cavity turns into a root canal. We will give you a thorough dental examination and teeth cleaning and provide you with anesthetic if necessary so your visit is as stress-free as possible.
Call the Payson, AZ office of Anderson Dental at 928-474-4581 and get back your confident smile, starting today!