The Importance of Dental Cleanings

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

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We get it – anxiety and fear are common emotions that arise when you think about visiting the dentist. These feelings may keep you from your necessary cleanings and exams with Dr. Binder. However, out of all the routine medical tests and exams you receive in a year, your dental checkup and cleaning appointment is not something you should ever miss.

Going regularly will help ensure that your teeth last a lifetime, as preventive measures are taken and any issues that arise between appointments will be uncovered and treated as soon as possible. Our dental hygienists also help to make sure your teeth are well cleaned, so your smile is as beautiful as possible. The last step of your visit is learning how you can improve your oral health on a daily basis by taking action at home.


During regular cleanings and exams, plaque and tartar buildup are removed, your teeth are examined for cavities, and your gums are examined for gum disease, or periodontal disease. Gum disease is one of the most serious conditions that our dental health experts help to prevent during your cleaning, as it can lead to gum, tooth, and jaw bone loss if left untreated.

Preventive care helps to keep small problems from turning into larger, costlier, more painful dental problems later on down the road. Sealants may be used to prevent tooth decay, thereby eliminating the need for fillings or extractions in the future. We can also help you preserve the integrity of your teeth with fluoride treatments.

Early Detection

Unfortunately, there are a large number of oral conditions, including mouth cancers, that go undetected because of missed appointments. Like preventive care, an early diagnosis is important when It comes to saving you money and unnecessary pain. Regular exams ensure that if you were to develop a condition such as an abscessed, or infected, tooth, we can treat it quickly before it worsens.

You may not be aware, but conditions such as heart disease and diabetes can also be uncovered by Dr. Binder. It’s estimated that over 90% of health concerns that affect the body can be detected in the mouth, presenting as symptoms such as bad breath, ulcers, or swollen gums. Don’t let this news frighten you, because finding these potential problems with regular check-ups can help prevent serious issues if left untreated.

Patient Education

Dr. Binder’s comprehensive dental cleaning and exam appointments also include a two-way discussion with patients, in which you are able to ask questions and address your concerns about your oral health. During this time, he will give you tips and tricks on better flossing, brushing, and other actions you can do at home to improve oral hygiene. This is an important step, as even slight changes in brushing technique can make a huge difference.

Before your visit, be sure to write down any questions for Dr. Binder to help you get the most out of your time in the dentist’s chair. You may be wondering how often you really need to come for exams, what age to bring your child in for their first checkup, or how to floss so it doesn’t hurt. We love equipping our patients with the right answers in order to improve your health.

Whether it has been awhile since your last checkup, or you are having pain or dental issues, Binder Family Dental can work with you to maintain or repair your oral health. We take your apprehension about visiting the dentist very seriously and take a gentle approach to help calm and relax you. Call (541) 689-1645, or request an appointment online. Our compassionate dental care team is dedicated to helping you and your whole family achieve optimum dental health.