Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning

For many people, visiting the dentist is something done only when they experience a toothache or have another obvious condition to worry about. However, maintaining a consistently healthy and attractive smile requires visiting your dentist at least once every six months for professional care and maintenance. During each checkup and cleaning appointment, we’ll carefully examine your teeth and gums for signs of trouble, as well as thoroughly clean away the lingering traces of harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth.

What Are We Checking?

Sometimes, your smile only seems healthy at first glance. You may not see any discoloration in your teeth or feel any discomfort. Yet, many conditions, including cavities and gum disease, aren’t obvious at first. You may not notice them, but we can during your routine dental exam, or checkup. We’ll carefully check for signs such as weakened tooth enamel, worn down teeth surfaces, unforeseen chips/cracks, inflamed gums, deepening periodontal pockets, and much more. If necessary, we can also recommend and plan an appropriate treatment to address the problem as early as possible.

Why Professional Cleaning Matters

The most important method of preventive dental care is brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day. This helps stop or slow the accumulation of dental plaque, which is made up of hundreds of kinds of oral bacteria, food particles, and much more. It doesn’t take long for plaque to calcify into tartar, which you can’t remove with your toothbrush and water at home. Instead, it takes professional cleaning equipment to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar, and prevent the bacteria they contain from affecting your healthy teeth and gums.

Preserve Your Healthy Smile

For optimal oral health, you should attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.