Checkups & Cleanings


Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are vital to preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, home oral hygiene is only half of the care you need to protect your teeth and gums. You need to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. The American Dental Association recommends every sees their dentist in Bloomington every six months for a preventive appointment—even children. At Barco Family Dentistry, we provide the preventive care your family needs to develop and maintain generations of healthy smiles.


Even with the best home oral hygiene habits, there are certain areas in the mouth that cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush and dental floss. As a result, plaque and tartar begin to accumulate in these areas, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. The only way to clean these areas is with a professional dental cleaning.

Our dental hygienist will use special dental tools to clean between the teeth and below the gum line, while also cleaning hard-to-reach places, like the back molars. After cleaning the teeth, they will be polished to keep your smile looking beautiful. We may also recommend additional preventive procedures, such as a fluoride treatment or dental sealants to help ward off tooth decay. During your cleaning, we will also recommend oral hygiene tips to keep your smile healthy.


A preventive checkup allows us to monitor the health and development of the teeth. In addition to a visual examination, digital images are taken to give us a deeper insight into your dental health. By monitoring the teeth and gums regularly, we can detect potential dental concerns sooner to provide quick intervention. By doing so, we not only help to preserve the health of your teeth, but lessen the need for costly and invasive dental complications in the future.

When performing our examination, we will look for signs of weakened enamel or decay. We will look at the health of the gums to detect any signs of potential gum disease. In addition, we will check the alignment of your teeth and bite while also looking for potentially serious concerns, such as oral cancer.

After performing our examination, we may make recommendations for additional treatments, such as a filling if we have found a cavity. We will take the time to discuss our findings with you to answer your questions and concerns. Together, we will formulate a treatment plan to help you reach your oral health goals.


Prevention is the first step to ensuring your smile lasts a lifetime. If you need a checkup or dental cleaning in Bloomington, Barco Family Dentistry offers the preventive care you need. We provide you with the services you need while ensuring your comfort. Our personalized, caring dentistry gives you the dental care you deserve so you have another reason to smile.

To schedule your preventive appointment, contact Barco Family Dentistry today.

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