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Maintain a Great Smile with Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Man with healthy flawless smile Even if you brush and floss diligently at home every single day, attending regular appointments with your chosen dentist is still a must. Dr. McConnell and the rest of our team can discover the subtle signs of dental problems as soon as they arise, helping patients take appropriate action before their healthy teeth and gums are threatened. Has it been more than six months since your last checkup and cleaning? Contact our Plano, TX office today – we look forward to seeing you soon at Legacy Family Dental!

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

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During your checkup, our team’s main goal is to form a comprehensive understanding of your current oral health and pinpoint any problems that need addressing. Dr. McConnell’s visual examination will cover the following areas:

  • The surface and structure of every natural tooth
  • The gum tissue
  • The TMJ joints
  • The patient’s natural bite
  • Any existing restorations like crowns, fillings, etc

X-rays are an important part of the diagnostic process too, as they allow us to view areas of the mouth that simply aren’t accessible to the naked eye. Our practice utilizes digital radiography instead of traditional film for a faster, more precise, and safer experience. Any radiation exposure is greatly reduced with the help of this modern technology.

Most patients should only need new X-rays once a year, although every situation is different. For instance, our team may recommend new X-rays for patients struggling with gum disease or who have struggled in the past with an oversensitivity to oral decay.

Once we’ve finished our examination, Dr. McConnell can sit down with the patient and discuss the findings in greater detail, recommending further treatment only when it’s truly needed.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

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Over time, a clear, bacteria-filled substance known as plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and gums. While plaque can be cleared away with regular brushing and flossing, even the smallest missed areas over time can accumulate and turn into the more stubborn and harmful tartar, which must be removed through professional means.

Here in Plano, our talented hygienists are specially trained in removing plaque and tartar from the mouth during your regular cleanings. They can also remove instances of minor staining, reduce bad breath that’s caused by infectious bacteria, and help your smile be healthier overall. They look forward to getting to know you well during your next appointment!