Your Checkup And Cleaning Keeps Your Smile Strong

When you see us twice a year for a checkup, you’re helping your smile stay strong, bright, and free of serious oral health issues, including periodontal disease! In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists talk about how a checkup is so vital for the smiles of children and adults, and we look at what to expect from your visit!


A checkup is recommended for kids two and older, as well as teens, adults, and seniors. Common oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease take months to form. Which means a checkup every six months lets us catch these issues early, often reversing them and preventing discomfort before you realize something is wrong. To make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, we will employ digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, which provides detailed images instantly chairside, so we walk you through the process and help you better understand the state of your smile, as well as what treatmrtns may be necessary. We typically look for cavities, infection, gingivitis, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. For adults, we screen for oral cancer, and for kids, we make sure the baby teeth are erupting/falling out on schedule, and that permanent teeth are erupting as expected.

Cleaning Your Teeth

Our team also cleans your teeth. The process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup from your smile. The process helps lower the risks of issues like tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease, while also offering fresher breath and brighter teeth. The cleaning benefits people of all ages, and is essential for strong, healthy smiles.

Brushing and Flossing

People of all ages also need to care for their smiles at home! Daily care means limiting how much plaque and tartar accumulates between your six-month visits. You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, once in the morning and again at night. Everyone also needs to floss each evening before bed. These actions are necessary for kids as soon as the fits baby teeth erupt. Working together, we can help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health, and bright, stunning smiles for years to come. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive and general dental care for the entire family, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?

We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid the onset of serious issues, such as a cavity or even periodontal disease, with our routine six-month exam and cleaning visits. For more information on our preventive and general treatment options, contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312.