When you’re a child, you’re told to take care of your teeth and so you do. You don’t really think about why. Eventually, you learn that you’re taking care of your teeth to prevent cavities, which are a big pain (pardon the pun) for everyone. Getting a cavity means you need to get a filling and nobody wants to get their tooth filled! It also means inconvenience and expense for your parents. But as you age, there is another reason to brush your teeth, and that is to avoid periodontal disease which is the major cause of tooth loss. Your home oral hygiene and biannual dental visits are to help keep perio disease and other dental problems at bay.

Checkups And Cleanings

Just as you go to the doctor for a checkup to make sure you’re in good physical health, you go to the dentist to make sure your teeth are in good health, as well.  Your biannual dental exams consist of a checkup and professional cleaning.

Checkups: When you first visit a dentist he or she will use digital X-rays and advanced 3D imaging to examine your dental health and establish a baseline. This will bring to light any existing problems that may need immediate attention, as well.  Checkups also consist of examining each individual tooth, your oral tissues, and a thorough examination of your oral cavity for any signs of oral cancer.  From that point on you will attend regular exams and cleanings every six months to monitor for any significant changes.

Cleanings: Harmful oral bacteria that naturally exist in your mouth, and it is this that causes decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Plaque a combination of saliva, harmful oral bacteria that produce acids, and leftover food debris, accumulates on your teeth each and every day. You brush twice daily to remove it before it hardens into tartar. Regardless of how diligent you are when brushing and flossing, you can miss plaque or not remove it completely. When this happens your risks of tooth decay and gum disease increase. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove calcified, or hardened plaque, to reduce your risks of gum disease. Hence, your biannual checkup and cleanings!


At Just Wright Dental, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. To find out what a difference our patient-centered approach can make, schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental office in Corsicana, TX today at (903) 225-2221. We also proudly welcome patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.