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When it comes to scheduling your dental cleanings, we usually tell you to come in once every six months. Wondering why? Check out these seven reasons why you should schedule (and keep) your six-month dental checkup appointments at our Columbus, OH dental office.

1. The Limits of At-Home Care

You brush, you floss, and you rinse with mouthwash. These are all very important steps toward keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We are always encouraging good at-home oral hygiene. However, your brushing and flossing habits have their limits. No matter how vigilant you are, you can only do so much at home. You need a professional teeth cleaning to get a deeper, more thorough clean.

2. Prevent and Eliminate Plaque and Tartar

A professional dental cleaning includes scaling, which means your hygienist uses a special tool to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. Even though you do a great job brushing at home, there are still places where the plaque sticks and hardens into tartar, which can lead to bigger problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. We know how to eliminate all the plaque and tartar, so you can go home with a much cleaner mouth.

3. Prevent Tooth Decay

We help eliminate the harmful plaque and tartar that causes tooth decay. Even if we spot signs of tooth decay during your dental exam, that doesn’t automatically mean you need a filling. We will make a note of it, so we can take a look during your next appointment. With good at-home oral care plus routine professional cleanings, the early stages of decay can be reversed.

4. Prevent Gum Disease

Plaque likes to stick around the gumline, and if it isn’t brushed and flossed away, it will harden into tartar. The tartar acts as a protective barrier for the bacteria hiding under your gums, which means that bacteria has the opportunity to do more harm. It can cause gingivitis and even gum disease, which destroys the tissues that hold your teeth in place. At 4th Street Dental Studio, we do everything we can to prevent gum disease in your mouth.

5. Detect Signs of Other Diseases

During your routine checkup, we look for tooth decay and signs of gum disease. That’s not all, though. We also give you an oral cancer screening because oral cancer is much more treatable when it is detected early. We also check your mouth for bite problems, shifting teeth, and jaw issues. We will take note of any cosmetic issues, such as stains or chips on your teeth.

6. Make Your Smile Look Better

A dental cleaning gives you peace of mind knowing you are getting your teeth taken care of. That’s enough reason to smile wide! You’ll be even happier knowing that your teeth will look cleaner, whiter, and shinier thanks to our teeth cleaning procedure. We love it when people leave our dental studio happy and confident in the way they look.

7. Save Money

Some people have dental insurance that covers their six-month dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have insurance, it is actually less expensive to get dental cleanings every six months than it is to restore your teeth when they have problems. Preventing dental problems before they start not only keeps your mouth and your body healthier, it saves you the money, time, and stress of getting costly fillings, crowns, and tooth replacements. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning at 4th Street Dental Studio in Columbus, OH

Dr. Wood welcomes you to take advantage of everything our office has to offer. We take good care of each patient. Professional dental cleanings benefit you right away and over time, so make sure you are getting a routine checkup every six months. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment, or send us a message online. We look forward to helping you keep your mouth healthy and happy!



Robert D. Wood, DDS

Robert D. Wood II, DDS

Third-generation dentist and Nashville native Dr. Robert D. Wood II leverages his professional experience to deliver superior dental care at his Columbus-based practice, 4th Street Dental Studio. An advocate for preventative medicine, Dr. Wood combines his patient-centric approach with his talent for transforming dental visits from daunting experiences into positive ones. Beyond his practice, he enjoys exploring Columbus, engaging in outdoor activities, and is an active member of several dental associations and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.