Teeth Cleanings & Exams

Preventive dentistry is designed to help patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Without good oral hygiene and regular preventive care, our teeth and gums can become weak and susceptible to decay and disease. 

Dr. Scott Bridges is an experienced family dentist in Paducah, KY, who can help you preserve your smile’s function and appearance with twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Our entire team at Smile Station Family Dentistry is passionate about providing you with personalized care and offering patient education so your family can have healthy smiles that last a lifetime. 

If you would like to book your dental exam and cleaning, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (270) 408-1234. To learn more about preventive dental care, we invite you to continue reading this page, or you can contact our office for assistance. 

Before we discuss our preventive care services and their benefits, let’s first dig deeper into the reasons why preventive dentistry and home care are so important. 

The Mouth-Body Connection

Did you know that your oral health is directly linked to your overall physical health? Some people even call the mouth the gateway, or the window, to the body. Studies have shown that certain illnesses can first manifest in the mouth, such as oral ulcers and Crohn’s Disease. Also, oral health conditions like periodontal (gum) disease can even exacerbate diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. 

family of three brushing their teeth

We encourage our patients to care for their smiles at every life stage, and we also remind them that their smiles are just as important as any other part of their body. Sometimes, people may not want to get dental exams or cleanings because they may not think it’s worth it, but trust us, your future self will thank you! 

How Infections Can Harm Our Dental Health

When our teeth and gums are in poor condition, we can suffer from infections. Bacteria that collect on our teeth or gums can irritate our oral tissues, leading to painful infections. Some infections can even spread to the heart, lungs, or brain. This is because, again, our oral health mirrors our physical health and vice versa. 

Once the immune system tries to fight the infection, the gums can become inflamed and vulnerable. If the inflammation continues, it can spread and so begins an unfortunate and harmful cycle. Preventive dentistry, including regular cleanings and exams, helps prevent bacteria from building up in our mouths and wreaking havoc on our health. 

How Preventive Dentistry Can Save Smiles

Dr. Scott Bridges and our team at Smile Station Family Dentistry believe that a smile is the best thing you can wear. And to us, a healthy smile is a beautiful one! There is nothing quite like the glow of great health, and we want all of our patients to have the radiant, strong smiles they deserve. 

With preventive dentistry, including 6-month dental exams and cleanings, we can work together to keep your teeth and gums disease-free for years to come. 

Dental Exams and Cleanings 

Our dental exams and cleanings typically consist of the following:

  • A review of the patient’s oral health and medical histories, as well as all medications 
  • Dental x-rays to check underlying tissues and structures that are invisible to the naked eye
  • Intraoral photos to get a detailed view of the patient’s mouth
  • A thorough visual examination of the oral cavity, including teeth, gums, lips, tongue, cheeks, and jaws
  • Check for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease
  • Thorough teeth cleaning and polishing to remove plaque buildup and freshen breath
  • Discuss the patient’s oral health habits, concerns, and goals 
  • Develop a personalized treatment plan to address concerns 

Our team at Smile Station Family Dentistry has your best interests at heart, and we are always here to support you on your path to great oral health.

Other Preventive Care Tips 

Preventive dental care can include more than brushing, flossing, and exams. Some of the other ways you can protect your smile and have excellent oral health are by:

  • Maintaining a balanced diet
  • Say no to smoking and tobacco use 
  • Use a mouthguard when participating in certain activities or sports 
  • Avoid acidic foods that can break down enamel 
  • Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing to rinse away debris

Whenever you visit our dental office, we will share any tips, suggestions, and instructions to help you keep your teeth and gums in top shape. 

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry in Paducah, KY

It’s our ultimate goal to help patients have smiles that look and feel fantastic. There are numerous benefits of getting dental exams and cleanings, some of which include:

#1 They reduce the risk of cavities. 

Cavities develop when food debris and bacteria on the teeth are not thoroughly cleaned away. This combination of food and bacteria softens the tooth’s enamel, and it eventually creates a hole, or cavity, in the tooth. 

If not properly cared for, tooth decay can even cause more serious health issues, such as gum disease, tooth loss, and cardiovascular conditions. 

#2 They protect and strengthen dental enamel. 

As we age, so do our teeth. Our teeth sometimes experience what’s called natural wear and tear. After years of chewing, biting, and using our teeth, they can become weak, dull, or damaged. Enamel wear can even cause internal damage to the tooth and affect the tooth’s appearance. This is especially true if we don’t practice good oral hygiene, like brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. 

#3 They lower the risk of gum disease. 

Dental exams and cleanings allow us to evaluate gum health and clean plaque below the gumline if needed. Removing bacteria from the teeth and gums lowers one’s risk of developing gum disease.   

#4 They help with early diagnosis and speedy treatment.  

Cavities and most infections are 100 percent preventable, but they can still sometimes find a way to disrupt our smiles. Regular dental exams allow us to monitor your oral health to stop decay or disease before they even have a chance to begin. If you have any concerns or show signs of decay or infection, Dr. Bridges can provide an early diagnosis and deliver prompt treatment, saving you time, money, and stress. 

We Make Dental Visits Easy and Stress-Free

We understand that our patients lead busy lives, and visiting the dentist may not be first on your to-do list. Smile Station Family Dentistry happily accommodates your family’s busy schedule, so you don’t have to worry about your dental care. 

woman sitting smiling in dental chair

For your comfort and convenience, we stay connected with our patients through phone and email, based on their preferences. We also send appointment reminders and make sure patients receive all of the necessary documents before seeing us. Simply call us, and we will take care of the rest! 

We value transparent communication and making sure our patients know exactly what to expect during their visit with us. We will never pressure you into receiving treatment, and we will always listen to your concerns.  

Are You Ready to Book Your Appointment?

Smile Station Family Dentistry uses state-of-the-art technology to provide our patients with the highest quality of care and comfort possible. Dr. Bridges is the only dentist at our practice, so every patient can have peace of mind knowing they will see him every time they visit. 

Our entire team is honored to serve patients from Paducah, Reidland, Benton, Lone Oak, Mayfield, Heath, and other surrounding areas. 

If you’d like to book your appointment, one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will be happy to help you or answer any questions you may have. Our phones are answered from 7:00 am-7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

We look forward to hearing from you!