Routine dental checkups are an important part of maintaining good oral health for you and your family. While at-home brushing and flossing is important, it’s not a substitute for professional cleanings to remove plaque and examine your gums, teeth, and mouth for signs of potential problems. At our affordable dental clinic in South Jordan, just 15 minutes south of Salt Lake City, we offer preventive care that includes regular teeth cleanings and comprehensive dental exams for children, teens, adults, and seniors at a significantly lower price than you will find at most private practice dental clinics.
Oral health professionals recommend that you see a dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Patients who are at high risk of dental disease or decay may be encouraged to visit more often than twice a year, specifically individuals who:
- Have diabetes
- Have gum disease currently
- Have weak immune response or are prone to infection
- Get frequent cavities or excessive plaque buildup
What to Expect at Your Appointment
When you first arrive for a checkup and cleaning, you will see one of our student dentists or a dental hygienist. Depending on your treatment plan, you may have X-rays taken at the beginning of your visit. A dental hygienist or one of the student dentists at the Dental Clinic at Roseman University will begin the cleaning by scraping off any tartar or plaque buildup on your teeth using a small metal tool. Once this is removed, the provider will floss and polish your teeth, then apply fluoride if needed. Cleanings are usually quick and most patients find that they are not painful.
Once the cleaning is complete, your student dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to check on the overall health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. He or she will be looking for signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer, and may discuss your at-home brushing and flossing habits so you can maintain good oral health after leaving our dental clinic in South Jordan. Regular exams are critical because dentists can often see things that are not visible or cause pain at early stages, then provide treatment to keep your mouth healthy.
Important Things to Remember
Patients who are prone to infections, who have a compromised immune system, or who are currently undergoing treatment for certain types of illnesses should discuss these things with the student dentist and supervising faculty member prior to undergoing any treatment. Some patients may need to take antibiotics prior to their appointment, or schedule dental work around other treatments to ensure optimal health and safety.
A dental cleaning and comprehensive exam is also a good time to talk to your student dentist about pain or other things in your mouth that are bothering you, and discuss your diet to make sure you are getting the right vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy smile.