3144 El Camino Real #103, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Dental Checkup & Cleaning– Carlsbad, CA

Get A Fresh Smile and a Clean Bill of Health

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Many patients ask themselves why they need to come in for a checkup and cleaning when they regularly brush and floss at home. Even though oral hygiene routines can help ward off a variety of common issues, sometimes it’s not always enough. That’s where Dr. Shelton comes in. At Polished General Dentistry, she focuses on providing patients with preventive care and treatments to save them time and hassle down the road. Instead of waiting until you experience pain or discomfort, come visit us for a routine checkup and cleaning every six months so we can keep problems from occurring in the first place!

Why Are Professional Checkups and Cleanings Important?

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If you value the appearance and long-term health of your smile, regular preventive care is vital. Even though you’re diligent about brushing and flossing every day, your teeth and gums aren’t necessarily protected from harmful oral bacteria, cavities, and infection. There are hard-to-reach crevices between your teeth that can accumulate plaque and tartar that can’t be removed with a simple toothbrush. Tackling this plaque and tartar buildup by getting professional cleanings helps decrease the number of harmful oral bacteria in your mouth.

Dr. Shelton is specially trained to spot oral health problems like tooth decay and early signs of gum disease as well. The sooner these are treated the better, because they won’t have a chance to wreak havoc on your mouth. When these issues are left to progress, they can turn into dental emergencies and cause your discomfort. So, even though it may seem easy to put your routine visit with a dentist on the back burner because your schedule seems too busy, it won’t always save you time and money in the long run.

What Can I Expect During My Checkup?

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Your checkup will be the first portion of your visit with us. During this time, Dr. Shelton will take any X-rays if necessary and examine your teeth for any possible signs of decay or plaque and tartar buildup. The reason we do this is because when these accumulate below your gum line, they can cause oral diseases and infections.

After that, Dr. Shelton will inspect your gum health and conduct an oral cancer screening. This disease can progress quickly, so it’s vital to get screened regularly to increase the chances of successfully treating it if you are exhibiting any symptoms. She’ll check your neck, mouth, oral tissues, lips, and gums for any abnormalities. Typically, a screening just takes a few minutes.

What Can I Expect During My Cleaning?

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During your professional dental cleaning, a member of our experienced team will use specially crafted tools like a scaler and dental mirror to find any hideouts in your mouth for plaque and clean them. After we use a scaler on your teeth, we’ll polish them using a gritty prophylaxis paste. While it feels a little rough, it’s perfectly safe for your smile and helps remove surface stains. Lastly, we’ll floss your teeth, removing any food particles that can cause the buildup of harmful oral bacteria.

At Polished General Dentistry, Dr. Shelton and her hand-picked team of dedicated professionals focus on treating the small issues to prevent big ones. Don’t miss out on enjoying our exceptional service and patient-centered dental care by scheduling an appointment today!

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