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Comprehensive Dental Cleanings and Checkups in Lynnwood

Meadowdale Dental Clinic, conveniently located in Lynnwood, also provides comprehensive dental services to Everett, Marysville, Redmond, Shoreline, Bothell, Edmonds, and all neighboring communities.

Many people forget just how important it is to visit a dentist twice yearly. A good cleaning is needed during these checkups to ensure a healthy smile for years to come. These cleanings can be a great way to prevent dental problems or gum disease that lead to painful aches, bleeding, bone loss and much more. Even simple cavities need to be treated immediately to avoid further destruction to the health of your mouth and appearance of your smile.

It is a well-documented fact that a direct correlation exists between annual dental visits and adult tooth loss. For example, states with a higher percentage of annual dental visits had a dramatically lower percentage of adult tooth loss and those with lower visits had higher rate of tooth loss.

Don’t let time pass you by without visiting your local dentist for a quick checkup. It could save you thousands of dollars in future dental repairs.

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Why You Need Check Ups

There are many reasons to visit your dentist regularly. One of the main reasons is to ensure the prevention of oral diseases and infections. Infections can be caused by untreated bacteria and can cause major discomforts like pain and swelling. These symptoms can really affect one’s quality of life negatively.

Millions of people put off their dental care visits with the excuse of not having enough time in their busy schedules. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is estimated that nearly 164 million work hours are compromised or lost due to issues directly related to dental matters. If you find yourself pushing off your visit to the dentist, remember you don’t have to contribute to that statistic with a regular dental checkup!

What Happens IF I Don't Go

Failing to visit your dentist every six months could lead to more serious health-related issues. It’s no secret that dental issues directly impact your general health as well. Take care of your body by taking care of your oral health. Don’t put yourself at risk for gum disease, infection, tooth decay, the spread of bacteria and more by failing to visit your local Lynnwood Washington Dentist. It is the best thing you can do for your smile and well-being!

Here’s What to Expect at a Dental Checkup

We know your bi-annual visit to the dentist might not be the most appealing thing to undergo, but on contrary to what you may think, your dentist is not there to make your visit miserable! At a dental checkup, your dentist just wants to be sure you are free of any oral diseases that are starting to take a hold since your last visit. A few minutes of scratching and tough cleaning is well worth another six months of relief, knowing your mouth is stable and healthy.

During your dental checkup, your Dr. Lois Lee will ensure nothing is abnormal in your oral and tooth health. Your dentist will perform a routine x-ray by taking images of your gums and teeth. Some patients may mention this part as being painful, but be assured that these days, different size digital sensors can comfortably accommodate most mouths.

So if it is uncomfortable to take a radiograph, be sure to communicate this to your dentist because an x-ray is an important diagnostic tool for detecting decay in between your teeth. In addition to the x-rays, your dentist will go through and check each tooth, one-by-one, to see of any signs of infection, decay, gum disease, and even cancer is lurking. Both radiographs and clinical exam by your dentist will provide you with a thorough update of your mouth.

Issue or Discomfort That Might Show Up

If issues do come up, your dentist will communicate these right away and discuss treatment options. If a cavity does come up during your checkup, do not panic. Your dentist will surely take care of the affected tooth, as gently as they can. It is crucial to take care of any abnormalities in your mouth right away, so the situations does not get worse or spread. It’s important to remember that your oral health can directly affect your general health, so take care of both!

Whether you have dental issues or not, your dentist will first and foremost thoroughly clean your teeth. Tartar and plaque will be scraped and cleaned off in order to facilitate the clinical examination of filling margins and gingival tissue health. Some patients do complain that this cleaning process is painful but this is due to the heavy infection that has taken a hold of their mouths. Rest assured that regular cleanings will prevent future cleanings from being painful.

The discomfort comes from the chronic build-up of plaque that hides at the base of your teeth, below your gum line, and cleaning this out can cause some discomfort. Once cleaned out and regularly maintained, the swelling and discomfort goes away. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing discomfort because she can help you get through those initial cleanings. The dental team knows that the bacteria from all areas must come off and different techniques and products can help you get through those initial cleanings, comfortably.

After your initial cleaning, it is imperative to maintain good homecare with brushing and flossing between each tooth daily. There will be less plaque build-up between dental check-ups and cleanings, thus ensuring a comfortable dental experience. This doesn’t mean you brush and floss the hour before your checkup, but daily during the 6 months between visits! A chore you say? Remember this is beneficial for your oral and general health, just as much as a good diet and regular exercise are for your body.

Call US Today For A Check Up

Once your checkup is finished and all treatments that need to be done are finished, don’t forget to schedule your next appointment right away. It’s important to visit your dentist twice a year to ensure total oral health. Ask your dentist any questions you may have, like how to brush properly or how to floss correctly. These little tips will go a long way in your oral health and will keep you in pristine shape just in time for your next visit.

If you don’t have an appointment checkup set up yet, be sure to  Contact us today or give us a call  425-742-9609 to set up an appointment.

Meadowdale Dental Clinic, conveniently located in Lynnwood, also provides comprehensive dental services to Everett, Marysville, Redmond, Shoreline, Bothell, Edmonds, and all neighboring communities.