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Why Do I Need A Semi-Annual Dental Checkup?

It is recommended that everyone visit their dentist every 6 months, in order to have their teeth cleaned and an overall dental checkup.  Regular dental cleanings and checkups are critical to make sure that the patient’s overall oral health is in order.  These checkups are cost effective and critical to preventing small issues growing into larger, painful and more expensive problems, which can impact not only your oral health, but also your general health.

Typical dental checkups begin with the dentist of the dental hygienist asking a series of questions about their overall general health, as well as their overall dental health and their brushing and flossing habits.  Once complete, the patient will have their teeth cleaned by either the dentist or a dental hygienist.  The cleaning will include a removal of any plague, followed up by a flossing of the teeth and a polishing.  Usually the worst part of the process is the removal of plaque, however specialized ultra-sonic cleaning tools have made this process much easier.

Once the teeth are cleaned, traditional or 3D x-rays are taken before the actual dental exam.  After the x-rays are available, the dentist will then examine them looking for any signs of decay, in addition to other dental issues.  Once the x-rays have been examined the dentist will examine the soft tissues of the patient’s mouth, including the patient’s gums and tongue.  Next, the dentist will look for cavities or any signs of decay using various dental instruments, including a specialized laser, which is capable of detecting cavities before they are visible.  If any issues are discovered, a follow up appointment will be made.  However in most cases, where people have dental exams every 6 months, the dentist will send you on your way with instructions to “keep up the good work and see you in 6 months”!

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental



Affording Your Dental Care

Posted in Dental Costs

It’s not possible to put a price on the health or appearance of your smile. Your teeth are one of the most important tools that you use every day of your life. From eating, talking, and smiling, our teeth significantly impact nearly every interaction or meal that we experience throughout our life. Keeping your teeth healthy and being proud of how they look shouldn’t have to be something that people can’t afford due to their cost of living expenses.

Seeing a dentist that arranges payments through your insurance carrier can help minimize any financial barriers that stand between you and keeping your teeth healthy. One of the best ways to minimize care expenses it to see your dentist regularly for preventive care appointments such as routine teeth cleaning and dental checkups. Most preventive services are completely covered by the majority of insurance providers, and they can help keep treatment needs smaller (and more affordable.)

If you don’t have insurance coverage, it may be possible to set up a payment plan through your dentist. Most dentists understand how important it is for their patients to maintain affordable access to dental care, and will have some type of payment plan available to help bridge this financial gap. Others may offer a 3rd party financing service that allows the patient to finance the treatment through another service, so that the dentist is not responsible for collecting on any due fees.

Dental treatment is always more affordable when needs are addressed as soon as possible. Never put off your dental care simply because a tooth does not hurt. Many small cavities may have no symptoms at all until they have spread and the tooth is in need of a root canal.

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

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