Cleanings & Examinations



Many people often wonder if their biannual dental appointment is essential. The short answer is – yes! Good preventive care can help reduce your risk factors for certain illnesses and help you achieve excellent oral health.


Your oral health is essential to the well-being of your entire body. Brushing and flossing daily at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best. Visiting your dentist every six months for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is crucial to ensure your teeth and smile stay healthy and beautiful.


Regular dental exams and professional teeth cleaning are the keys to minimizing or avoiding oral health issues. These routine check-ups and cleanings play a critical role in preventive dental care and help keep your teeth and gums healthy. 


A healthy mouth can help protect the rest of your body from severe medical disorders. Untreated oral infections can spread to other parts of your body, including vital organs. In addition, monitoring your dental health can detect signs of existing issues with your overall well-being that might otherwise go unnoticed.


Furthermore, ensuring tip-top oral health and a healthy smile will help you avoid costly dental procedures long term.


Providing Your Medical History

Your visit to our state-of-the-art dental office is an excellent opportunity to tell your family dentist about any issues you've been experiencing. Give a detailed description of your medical history and come prepared with a list of all medications you take.


Knowing about your medical history allows your dentist to understand your overall health better. After all, there is a strong link between your oral health and many serious health concerns. To learn more click here.


What are the Benefits of Dental Exams?

During a routine check-up, Drs. Knuth and Funke look for signs of tooth decay and cavities. Decay can eventually infect tooth pulp and spread to a tooth's root. Warning signs of potential tooth decay are the presence of plaque and tartar, which can also cause gum disease.


You're evaluated for risk factors associated with bone loss and periodontal disease illnesses. Symptoms of some conditions may be so subtle that only a dentist can see them. But there is much more to a dental exam than only checking for decay. Biannual check-ups can point to many other issues, including:


  • Oral cancer. Dentists initially diagnose most cancers of the mouth or throat during routine check-ups. The earlier cancer is detected, the better the survival rate.
  • Gum disease. Having deep spaces between your gums and teeth can indicate gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Follow this link.
  • Medical conditions. You are checked for bad breath (halitosis), which can be caused by various issues, like an oral yeast infection, lung problems, or diabetes.


It is best to identify potential problems in the early stages while they are easily treatable. Your family dentists will also check your bite and may administer x-rays or recommend other diagnostic measures.


What are the Benefits of Dental Cleanings?

During your visit, your teeth are professionally cleaned by a hygienist. Teeth cleaning eliminates bacteria build-up, which can develop even if you brush and floss regularly. If plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional.


Your cleaning includes flossing and polishing to eliminate old stains and leave your mouth feeling ultra-fresh. A thorough cleaning helps improve the health of your teeth and can have a whitening effect on your smile. 


Studies show the links between your oral health and overall health. Dental cleanings can help lessen cancer risk, lung infections, heart disease and stroke, and diabetes.v


At this time, your hygienist may give you tips on improving your at-home care routine and show you proper techniques for brushing and flossing.


Schedule an Appointment with your Family Dentist in Greencastle

You can get the most from six-month dental exams and teeth cleanings by maintaining an excellent at-home oral care routine. Harmful bacteria are persistent and can attack your teeth and gums between visits. So always remember to:


  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Biannual dental visits


Please visit Greencastle Hometown Dental, your provider of family dentistry services in Greencastle, Indiana. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your best smile. 


Don't miss your biannual visit! Contact our office and schedule an appointment. Ask us about the other dental services we offer.