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Dental Checkups & Cleanings

How Often Should I See the Dentist?

In most cases, our team recommends that children and adults alike should visit us at least twice a year, or once every six months. Why? Because unfortunately, even the most diligent brushers and flossers can still end up falling victim to troubling dental problems, many of which aren’t even noticeable to patients until they’re reached advanced stages. By visiting Dr. Cocco at regular intervals, her expert eye can discover signs of damage and decay right away. Has it been too long since your last checkup and cleaning? Contact our Ann Arbor, MI location today!

What Happens During a Checkup?

Older woman smiling in dental chairDuring your regular checkup, our team’s goal is to thoroughly understand all the ins and outs of your one-of-a-kind smile. We’ll visually inspect each tooth, the gum tissue, the jaw, any restorative work, and more to assess its status, and X-rays will reveal any concerning symptoms that aren’t visible on the surface of your smile. Once we have all of this valuable information at our disposal, Dr. Cocco can work with you in order to create the right treatment plan for your unique needs.

What Happens During a Cleaning?

Woman receiving dental examCleanings are important as well because they give us a chance to clear away decay-causing plaque that is most likely clinging to your teeth and gums. Plaque is easy enough to get rid of when you brush your teeth, but missed areas can develop into the much harder and more stubborn tartar. Tartar can only be removed by professionals, and our talented team is more than up to the task. We’ll also eliminate any minor staining we see from your enamel, leaving you with a smile that both looks and feels refreshed.

While most patients will be fine with just two checkups and cleanings a year, we may recommend that people with moderate to severe periodontal disease or extreme sensitivity to tooth decay visit more often. This way, we can help them better manage their oral health over time!

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