Questions To Keep In Mind: Your Dental Cleanings

Have you ever taken the time to really think through the benefits of your dental cleanings? Are you very aware of the reasons we suggest you come in to see us, how frequently you should do so, and what might happen if you just decide to forego this part of your comprehensive prevention entirely? We know that though it may not be your number one priority, the preventive care that you receive from our practice should certainly make it to one of the slots on your priority list for life! To help you gain clarity and any additionally needed commitment to your care, our Ankeny, IA team offers up questions to keep in mind!

When Was My Last Cleaning?

First, we remind you to remind yourself that it’s time for a dental cleaning by occasionally asking yourself: When was my last cleaning? When you get into the habit, you can more easily keep up with this aspect of your preventive dental care, so you don’t miss out on essential protection. Of course, once you ask this of yourself, it’s important that you also realize you should be keeping your visits with us on the books once every six months. So, by the time you realize it’s been a few months, it’s going to be a good idea to call us up to schedule your next one (unless you’d prefer to really make things easier by scheduling each follow-up visit as you complete each checkup and cleaning with us, before you leave our practice).

Am I Following Cleanings With Home Care?

When you head home from a dental cleaning with us, it’s a good idea to also occasionally reflect and ask yourself, am I following my cleanings with the best home care I possibly can? Remember that these aspects of your preventive dental care rely on one another, making a whole in terms of smile protection. You need flossing, brushing, and cleanings in order to really maintain a truly clean smile. So, if you show up to cleanings without having brushed and flossed consistently, there’s going to be a lot to address and likely some damage. However, if you’re on top of your care, then cleanings go smoothly and we simply address the bit of accumulation all patients have trouble cleansing with home care.

Why Do I Need Cleanings Again?

Ask yourself this question, so you remember to remain motivated: You need dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, which when left on your teeth, will encourage serious oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

Keep Your Smile Safe With Cleanings

Remember to keep dental cleanings in mind, so you don’t forget to schedule them once every six months. Keep up with your preventive care both at home and with our team for an easy experience with oral health. Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.