Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Coeur d’Alene, ID
Professional teeth cleanings are no just about having a bright white smile. Bacteria and plaque lead to tooth damage and decay that can be permanent and painful, so it’s never a good idea to leave the health and appearance of your teeth up to chance. Dr. Delwyn Dick, and our dental team can help you during regular checkups and send you home with tips for maintaining your smile in between visits.
How often you should visit the dentist
It’s important to see a dentist at least once every six months for a cleaning and routine checkup. Proper dental hygiene helps prevent the buildup of bacteria that forms on your teeth, tongue, and gums. Dental exams and teeth cleanings are recommended every six months for patients of all ages who have healthy gum tissues with low to moderate tartar buildup, and every three to four months for those who have gum disease.
What to expect during a dental checkup in our office
By maintaining your teeth every six months, our dentist can monitor your teeth and gums for decay or infection. At each visit, our hygienist will remove the tartar buildup that otherwise may result in bone loss. Dental X-rays are also part of all routine dental visits. X-rays are a tool used to diagnose cavities, periodontal disease, and oral pathologies. We recommend dental X-rays be taken at least once per year, or at every other checkup.
Why is it so important to brush your teeth?
Brushing and flossing is required to maintain healthy teeth and gum tissues. Adults and children should brush their teeth at least twice a day (ideally after meals) using toothpaste with fluoride. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, and after you have a cold or other illness.
Flossing is equally important but often ignored. Flossing in between each tooth once a day helps remove decaying food and plaque, which make your teeth vulnerable to harmful bacteria leading to permanent gum disease. Flossing is a powerful preventative tool to fight soft tissue and bone loss as you age.
Making high-quality dental care affordable
We don’t want the price to stop anyone from visiting our Coeur d’Alene office for the oral care they deserve. For new patients, we offer a completely free exam with X-rays to check your teeth and gum health. We also offer an introductory special of $75 for professional teeth cleaning, and other discounts that change seasonally. Visit the Specials page to take advantage of our affordable pricing.
Patients who wish to schedule routine visits can bring their insurance cards or enroll in our Smile Program, a zero-deductible, reduced-fee dental plan offered on an annual membership basis. Call today to find out more.