Dental Checkup: Maintain a Healthy Smile!

Regular dental checkups are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. It’s a critical part of your oral health and something we recommend to all of our patrons. Dental checkups should be completed every six months to maintain proper, optimal health.

How often should I get a dental checkup?

Regular dental checkups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Preventive dental care, including teeth cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride treatments, helps prevent dental diseases. You should plan to have a dental checkup every six months to ensure the best results. Visit us at one of our Kansas City Smiles & Co. locations in Independence, MO, or Blue Springs, MO!

What happens at a dental checkup?

Our team will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and oral health during your dental checkup. A typical checkup usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Our friendly front staff will greet you and collect any necessary information.
  2. Your dental hygienist will meet you in the waiting room and perform teeth cleaning, polishing, flossing, and fluoride treatment.
  3. Dental X-rays or scans may be taken to diagnose any dental issues accurately.
  4. A periodontal chart will be created to assess your gum health and overall oral conditions.
  5. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Nikki and Dr. Wesley, will conduct an exam and address any concerns you may have. Feel free to discuss any dental concerns during your appointment.
  6. We will work with your insurance company to provide cost estimates if any issues are identified. If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer alternative payment options through CareCredit or LendingPoint.
  7. Schedule any necessary treatment or book your next bi-annual dental appointment.

Are you ready to schedule your dental checkup? Book an appointment through our convenient appointment portal.

Patient getting a routine cleaning.
  • Why are dental checkups important?

    Dental checkups are vital because many oral health concerns can only be detected through a comprehensive examination by a trained dentist. During your checkup, we provide oral cancer screenings, digital X-rays, and professional cleanings to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and other build-ups that daily brushing and flossing may not effectively remove. Regular checkups also enable early intervention for gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss.

  • Why should you get regular teeth cleanings?

    Regular teeth cleanings play a significant role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Even with thorough brushing and flossing at home, tartar and stains can accumulate, making professional teeth cleanings necessary. While the American Dental Association recommends dental checkups every six months, individuals with a history of periodontitis may require more frequent cleanings, possibly every 3-4 months.

  • What are other preventative dental care strategies?

    In addition to teeth cleanings, our dental practice offers several other preventive services, including:

    • Dental sealants: We can place protective sealants on deep grooves and pits in your back teeth, lowering your risk of cavities.
    • Fluoride treatment: This treatment strengthens tooth enamel, fights sensitivity, and reverses the early stages of tooth decay.
    • Oral cancer screenings: We conduct a thorough cancer examination as part of every checkup appointment to ensure early detection.
    • Diagnostic X-rays: Intermittent X-rays allow us to identify decay or bone loss around your teeth at an early stage.



Is it time for your dental checkup?

We recommend scheduling a dental checkup every six months.
Book an appointment through our convenient appointment portal today!

Independence, MO

3820 South Whitney Ave
Independence, MO 64055
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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: By Appointment



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Blue Springs, MO

1400 South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Monday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed



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