womanquestionWhen it comes to maintaining a beautiful smile, the first suggestion we offer patients is a dental cleaning and checkup. While we feel the urgency of consistent care, we recognize that patients often become lax in scheduling their preventive visits simply because they do not understand how truly beneficial cleanings and checkups can be. So before you schedule something that seems a bit more exciting than a trip to the dentist, we invite you to learn more about the exceptional results you can expect from seeing us regularly for gentle, thorough care.

Dental Cleanings and Checkups: Q&A

Question: How often do I need to visit you for preventive care?

Answer: We suggest patients schedule twice annual visits for dental cleanings and checkups. However, rather than visiting us with back-to-back appointments, your best bet is to schedule visits six months apart.

Question: What if I have gum disease? Do I need to come in more often?

Answer: We will provide personalized care suggestions for each patient. In the case of periodontal disease, we may suggest you visit us three or four times over the course of the year, so we may guide you back toward optimal oral health.

Question: Why do I need dental cleanings?

Answer: Even if you practice excellent home hygiene with your brushing and flossing habits, you cannot remove all of the plaque that adheres to your teeth every day. This bacteria-filled substance is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, we can remove every trace of plaque from your smile during cleanings, greatly improving your ability to avoid cavities and periodontal problems.

Question: Why do I need dental checkups?

Answer: We prefer to detect problems the moment they arise because early detection promotes greatly increased treatment success rates. By monitoring your health over time, we can quickly recognize changes and set plans into motion to return you to daily comfort, health, and beauty.


Scott Dooley DDS and our friendly team at Scott Dooley Dentistry proudly serve patients of every age, offering general, cosmetic, restorative, emergency, laser, and sedation dentistry. We proudly serve patients from Garland, Richardson, Dallas, Wylie, Sachse, and surrounding communities. To speak with a friendly member of our team and to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 972.495.8100.


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