Dental Check-Ups & Cleanings in Columbia, Missouri
Even patients who practice exceptional oral hygiene at home can still fall victim to damage and chronic issues. That’s why regular appointments with a trusted dental team are vital for people of all ages. At Columbia Healthy Smiles, Dr. Philip Batson strongly recommends coming to at least two evaluations and oral cleanings a year, or one every six months. During this time, our team will form a complete picture of your smile, taking note of problematic areas and recommending personalized treatment options. You’ll always experience the compassionate, dedicated care you deserve at our Columbia, MO location.
Before any treatment can begin, our team needs to know the full story behind your unique smile and level of oral health. We accomplish this by carefully inspecting every aspect of your mouth, from teeth to gums to bite. A full set of digital X-rays will help us view the structures that can’t be fully experienced with the naked eye, and we will also take intraoral photos with a specialized camera to show patients what we can see inside the mouth. Adults will also need to undergo an oral cancer screening. Once we’re aware of your condition and have located any areas for concern, Dr. Batson can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that will meet your needs and restore your smile to its full health and vitality here in Columbia, MO.
Once your check-up is finished, you’ll then return to Columbia Healthy Smiles for a second appointment which will include any recommended treatment and an in-depth cleaning with one of our hygienists. Over time, plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, and if left untouched for too long, it can harden into deposits known as tartar. Only a trained hygienist can expertly remove these deposits and leave your smile feeling polished and refreshed.