Ask a Dentist

May 7, 2021

Q: Why Is It Important To Visit Your Hygienist For Checkups and Cleanings?

Dental chair situated in the middle of a dentist's office.

Going to the dentist can be a nerve-racking experience for many people, but it’s an important appointment that needs to be kept. This is because regular checkups and cleanings with your dental hygienist are critical to your oral care and overall health. And at Dental Image Therapy Centres in Winnipeg, we work hard to make sure your appointments are safe and comfortable.

Proactive Prevention Beats Reactive Procedures

To achieve and maintain good oral health, you need to see your dental hygienist—ideally every six months—for regular checkups and cleanings. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, it’s not enough to keep your teeth and gums clean, so you shouldn’t skip those appointments.

No matter how thorough and meticulous you are when brushing your teeth and flossing, plaque will still build up over time and harden into tartar. This can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems.

Be Wary Of Gum Disease

Did you know if you have gum disease and were to contract COVID-19, your symptoms may be worse as a result? This isn’t surprising as gum disease can also cause more severe symptoms in diabetics and those with heart disease. Read our previous blog to learn more about how gum disease can affect COVID-19 symptoms.

The best way to get ahead of gum disease is through regular checkups and cleaning. Our dentists and dental hygienists have the equipment and expertise to give your teeth the deep cleaning and diagnosis they need to stay healthy.

The longer you go without preventative dental care and treatment, the more extensive work will need to be done in the future, which is not helpful to your teeth or your wallet. We even pre-book your next appointment to ensure you get your next checkup and cleaning at a day and time that’s convenient for you! Our text and email reminders will make it easy to remember your future appointments.

We Don’t Bite, Promise 

A big part of our job is to make sure your dental experience is comfortable. The best thing you can do during your dental appointment is to relax and open your mouth nice and wide. Our staff knows what they’re doing and will move around to get into the right position.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure you leave our dental offices with a bright and confident smile. During your checkup and cleaning, feel free to ask questions about dental care and good oral hygiene practices. Dental Image Therapy Centres is here to guide you on your dental health journey. If you do get anxious during your dentist appointment and it’s stopping you from getting treatment, let us know. We’re here to help you be comfortable and have a few options available to help with your anxiety. Don’t be afraid to tell us about your fears so you can receive the best treatment possible.

Visit Our Highly Trained Dental Hygienists Today

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve followed and exceeded the direction and regulations outlined by the Manitoba Dental Association and the Government of Manitoba. We’ve implemented strict COVID-19 protocols in our clinics for the health and safety of our patients and staff at the Dental Image Therapy Centres.

If you need a checkup and cleaning, book your appointment with us today. We’re conveniently located at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre.