Your smile can last for a lifetime with the right care over the years. While you may think brushing and flossing are enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy, they are not. Your oral health also relies on the preventive services you receive from your dentist. At RiverPlace Dental, we strive to build a solid foundation to keep your smile healthy to last for several years to come. With a routine cleaning and dental checkup in Portland, Dr. Megan McInnis helps you reach optimal oral health. She provides the excellent care you need through all stages of life.
Although you may not think a dental appointment is necessary until after an issue develops, this could not be further from the truth. Dentistry is designed to prevent oral health complications from occurring in the first place. Routine visits allow Dr. McInnis to monitor your teeth and gums to quickly intervene when a problem has been found. This lessens the need for a costly, invasive treatment in the future to reduce your long-term dental expenses. In fact, every $1 spent on prevention saves you $8 to $50 on restorative and emergency services.
With a cleaning and checkup twice a year, you make a true investment in your oral health.
Your toothbrush and floss are vital to removing harmful food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Unfortunately, even with the best oral hygiene habits and techniques, there are still areas in your mouth you cannot clean at home, like below the gum line. If the accumulations are not removed, it can lead to serious complications, like gum disease.
We will remove the buildup using special dental tools while taking the time to discuss your oral hygiene routine. Dr. McInnis makes recommendations for improvements to keep your smile healthy between your appointments.
A semi-annual appointment allows Dr. McInnis to monitor your oral health for changes. Besides a visual examination, she also uses advanced technology to take highly detailed images of your mouth and structures. This gives her a complete picture of your dental health to detect complications while they are still small. Through early detection and accurate diagnosis, she creates treatment plans that cater to your specific needs.
In addition to checking your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues, she also assesses your bite, temporomandibular joint, oral tissues, and other structures to check for potential concerns, like oral cancer or TMJ disorders. After performing her examination, she may recommend the use of preventive treatments, like a fluoride varnish or dental sealants.
Based on her findings, she designs individualized solutions to nurture the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile.
If it has been more than 6 months since your last visit to your dentist in Portland, do not place your oral health at risk. Contact RiverPlace Dental today to schedule your appointment for a cleaning and checkup.