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Cleanings & Checkups – Norman, OK

Keep Your Teeth & Gums Healthy

Your toothbrush and floss are essential to maintaining a healthy smile, but it’s only half the care your mouth needs. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends everyone over the age of three visits their dentist for a professional teeth cleaning in Norman twice per year. Besides good cleaning, you should also have a checkup every 6 months. Dr. Bobby J. Carmen will monitor your oral health to ensure your smile lasts for a lifetime.

Dental Cleanings

Woman in dental chair having a teeth cleaning in Norman.

Even the best brushing and flossing techniques can’t clean everywhere in your mouth. As a result, harmful plaque and tartar buildup occurs, which harbor bacteria. A professional cleaning removes the accumulations to reduce your risk of common issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Our gentle hygienist will inspect your gums for periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. They are specially trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. If we find cause for concern, we may recommend changes to your oral hygiene routine or the products you use at home. We may also suggest a deep cleaning, which involves scaling and root planing.

Scaling removes the buildup above and below the gum line to eliminate harmful bacteria. Root planing smooths your teeth to encourage your gum tissue to reattach to their surfaces. This restores a healthy gum line to prevent the infection from worsening. Besides a deep cleaning, Dr. Carmen may recommend antibiotic therapy or more frequent cleanings.

Dental Checkups

Sterile dental instruments on a table.

Routine checkups allow Dr. Carmen to monitor your oral health to look for any hidden issues that may be lingering in your mouth. Early detection prevents them from turning into a bigger problem. This prevents the need for a costly treatment down the road. In fact, research shows every $1 spent on prevention lowers your restorative care costs by $50.

Besides a visual examination, Dr. Carmen will review X-rays of your mouth to detect any concerning problems that aren’t visible on the surface, like an infection. In addition to checking your teeth and gums, he also evaluates your jaw, bite, and oral tissues to look for any areas of concern, like oral cancer.

Depending on the results of the examination, he may recommend additional treatments, like a fluoride varnish or dental sealants. He’ll review his findings with you and explain your treatment plan. He will also discuss your current oral hygiene habits to help keep your smile healthy in between appointments.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Dentist reviewing dental X-ray.

If it has been longer than 6 months since your last visit to your dentist in Norman, don’t wait. Routine cleanings and checkups are an investment in your oral and general health. If you’re worried about the cost, we will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to lower the amount you need to pay. Although every policy differs, most plans cover 1-2 preventive visits per year 100%. We also accept various payment options for any out-of-pocket balance.

If you’re ready for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today for an appointment.