225 E State Hwy 121 #117 | Coppell, TX 75019 | 972.315.0811

Checkups and Cleanings

Dr. Heeje Lee believes in helping patients establish a solid foundation of oral health with regular checkups and cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients see a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional teeth cleaning. Patients with certain oral health issues may need more frequent checkups than that. A strong proponent of evidence-based dentistry, Dr. Lee will determine how often you should undergo checkups, based on ADA recommendations, current research, your medical history, and your unique oral health needs.

Why should I see my Coppell dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings?

Regular checkups and cleanings serve a two-fold purpose: to help decrease your chances of developing oral health problems and to help Dr. Lee catch new problems as early in their development as possible. When problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are detected early, they can be treated and sometimes reversed with simple procedures, as opposed to more extensive treatments that are required when the problem is allowed to advance.

What are the components of a dental checkup?

Dr. Lee checks for many issues when performing a dental examination, including:

What does a professional teeth cleaning entail?

A professional teeth cleaning involves removal of calculus, a hard substance formed when plaque is not adequately cleaned from the teeth. Even when patients brush and floss twice daily, they can miss some hard-to-reach areas. When the left-behind plaque mineralizes, it turns into calculus, which cannot be removed with at-home oral hygiene techniques. If calculus is not removed, it will make your teeth harder to clean and thus more vulnerable to decay. Calculus will also irritate your gums, causing them to separate from your teeth and form pockets that collect bacteria, which leads to periodontal disease. Your dentist or hygienist must remove this hard substance using either a manual scaler or an ultrasonic scaler. Removing the calculus, followed by polishing the teeth, ensures that the teeth have smooth surfaces that are less likely to accumulate excess plaque and attract oral bacteria.

Make Your Appointment Today

To experience the benefits of modern general dentistry and prosthodontics in Coppell, TX, contact Dr. Heeje Lee at (972) 315-0811. Evergreen Dental welcomes patients from Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Irving, and the nearby communities.