Dental Checkups & Cleanings – Corte Madera, CA

Stop Oral Health Problems Before They Start

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If you want to protect your family’s teeth, the best thing to do is to stop oral health problems before they start. That’s why it’s important to see your Corte Madera dentist for biannual checkups and cleanings.

Some oral health problems can start out too subtle to notice on your own, which is why Dr. Julie Young and our team are here—to treat minor problems now and save you from having to deal with them later. If it’s been a while since your last checkup, call us today!

Why Choose Corte Madera Dentist for Dental Checkups & Cleanings? 

  • Caring, Compassionate Dentist With Over Two Decades Of Experience
  • Comfortable Office Outfitted With Advanced Dental Technology
  • Happy to Work With Patients of All Ages

Why Are Regular Dental Checkups & Cleanings Important?

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It’s easy to make it to the dentist’s office when you’re in pain, but if you feel fine, you might put off routine care. It’s a common mistake to make.

But no matter how thorough you are when brushing, there are some places in the mouth that you can’t reach on your own. If you never see your dentist, you could develop plaque buildup or tooth decay that can lead to serious (and expensive) oral health problems. Moreover, even mild oral health conditions, like gum disease, can lead to an increased risk of more serious health problems, like heart or lung disease.

If you have insurance, it’s likely that you can get one or two checkups a year at no extra cost. Fillings and root canals, on the other hand, will usually require you to pay out of pocket. By making just two visits to our office each year, you can save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.

What to Expect During a Dental Checkup 

Dentist preparing for a checkup

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you may have forgotten what a dental checkup is like. First, either Dr. Young or a dental hygienist will take a look at your mouth, noting the appearance of your teeth and gums.

They’ll also make sure any existing dental work is in good condition and briefly check for any signs of oral cancer. If you haven’t had any in a while, dental hygienists will perform X-rays to see what’s happening under the surface.

Once the examination is done, Dr. Young will talk with you about treating any problems that might have been found. She’ll let you know how you could improve your daily dental hygiene and advise you about how your diet and lifestyle could be impacting your oral health.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning  

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It’s worth repeating that there are places in your mouth that you can’t reach on your own. Routine cleanings are meant to break up any plaque or tartar deposits that have built up in those areas.

Either Dr. Young or one of our dental hygienists will use specialized tools to scrub away any tartar buildup. This prevents the bacteria in these deposits from contributing to gum disease or tooth decay. If your teeth or gums are unusually sensitive, we might numb your mouth before this to keep you as comfortable as possible.

We’ll then floss your teeth to clear out any food buildup. We’ll finish by polishing your teeth, which removes surface stains and gives you that straight-from-the-dentist clean feeling!