Dental Cleanings & Exams
in Jefferson City, MO

At Southwest Dental Care, we recommend that our patients pay us a visit at least twice per year for routine teeth cleanings and dental exams. When combined with a thorough at-home oral care routine, professional dental cleanings and exams can help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. If you would like to learn more about our preventive services or schedule your next visit with our team, please contact our office, and we will be more than happy to assist you!

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How long do dental cleanings and exams take?

Routine dental visits take anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes on average. If you are receiving an additional service like a dental sealant application, fluoride treatment, or having impressions taken, that can extend a visit. If we find a dental issue, sometimes we are able to offer same-day treatment post-diagnosis as well. We know our patients lead busy lives, so we try to keep our services as efficient as possible. However, these visits are scheduled just for you, so if you have any questions or concerns for our team, please don’t hesitate to bring them up.

Do professional teeth cleanings hurt?

Teeth cleanings should not be painful. If you have very sensitive teeth or gums, please let our team know beforehand, and we will do our best to be as gentle as possible. If your teeth or gums have only recently begun to feel very sensitive, that is something that our team will want to know as well, as sudden sensitivity can be a sign that something is wrong. If you frequently become very anxious during dental treatments, even routine visits, our office offers dental sedation, which can be helpful for patients who put off dental care due to anxiety.

How often do I need to schedule teeth cleanings and exams?

Regular dental cleanings and exams are important, even for patients who have healthy teeth and gums. Professional teeth cleanings help to remove built-up plaque from areas that are not easy for patients to clean thoroughly with a toothbrush. If this plaque isn’t removed, it can turn into tartar and cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. Routine dental exams allow our team to examine your teeth and gums to make sure no problems have developed. If any issues have occurred, we can begin planning and providing treatment.

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"This was the best experience with a dentist I've ever had. I had an implant done and was expecting a lot of pain. I had no pain at all. It was so refreshing to have a dentist who cares about his patients. I highly recommend Dr. Orme and his staff at Southwest Dental Care."

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