Checkup and Cleaning in Rocky Mount, NC
The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. At your checkup, the Drs. Belton & Schrimper team will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. Dr. Barry D. Belton or Dr. Kevin C. Schrimper will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as to check old dental work. Sometimes old restorations wear out and need to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives.
By looking for trouble every six months, the Rocky Mount team can reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, if left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. When caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled, which is another great reason to attend regular checkups at Drs. Belton and Schrimper.
Professional Dental Hygiene Cleanings
At your routine checkups, the Rocky Mount team will also provide a professional dental hygiene cleaning. Our gentle hygienists are specially trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. We can help you maintain optimal oral health so that you never have to worry about gum disease. However, we can treat your smile if you do develop periodontal problems.
If we find cause for concern, your Drs. Belton & Schrimper dental team may recommend that you change your oral healthcare routine or the products you use at home. We may also suggest a deep cleaning, which involves:
- scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line.
- root planing to smooth rough root surfaces where plaque builds up.
- Arestin antibiotic treatment to kill bacterial infection.
If you have not scheduled a checkup lately, be sure to call us now to make your appointment. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups. Drs. Belton & Schrimper see patients from Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson, Farmville, Nashville, and other North Carolina communities.