Schedule Your Dental Exam with Your Downtown Dentist Kansas City


Dental exams are available at your Downtown Dentist Kansas City! With the summer weather in full swing, families are gearing up for back-to-school, fall weather, and some KC Chiefs football!! That’s why we love this time of year and we want to remind you that it’s also the time of year that your dental insurance benefits will renew on January 1, 2024. If you’ve been waiting to complete any of your dental treatments, that gives you 6 months to get it completed and take advantage of your 2023 dental insurance benefits! Now is the time to give one of our Kansas City offices a call and get on our our schedule, because everyone likes to wait until the last minute and we may not be able to get your treatment completed because our offices are SO BUSY through the rest of the year!

With all this excitement going on … it’s the perfect time to come see our Downtown Dentist Kansas City and their expert team at the offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates for your routine cleanings and dental exams. Your teeth and gums will thank you!

Related Article: What Happens During a Cleaning? 

Think of your dental exam as a deep cleaning – just like you do to your home. You inspect the area, decide what needs cleaned and what looks good, and get to work! Your dentist and hygienist will do the same for your mouth.

During a dental exam, we will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any potential concerns
  • Possibly take x-rays, if needed
  • Polish your teeth with a dental-grade toothbrush and specialty toothpaste
  • Remove any plaque and tartar build-up
  • Floss
  • Apply a fluoride treatment, if needed
  • Complete an Oral Cancer Screening

Learn How Cleanings Prevent Further Issues

Overview of Dental Exams

While we may focus on the brushing and flossing part of dental exams at your Downtown Dentist Kansas City, the truth is, there’s a lot more that goes into each and every cleaning and exam. Your dentist is often your first line of defense if something in your body is wrong, and your mouth will tell the tale. That’s why we always take a good look at the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. If your dentist finds you’re experiencing something like gum disease, then early detection is the key to getting everything under control and fixed for good!

Routine dental exams give you the perfect opportunity to speak with us about any concerns you may have. Are you worried about a loose or sore tooth, grinding your teeth, bad breath, dry mouth, etc. Whatever it may be, we’re here to help you have a healthy, great-looking smile. Curious about whitening treatments, corrective aligners, or porcelain veneers? Now is the time to inquire.

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Stress and Anxiety

Recently, two key areas of questions have popped up a lot from our patients that relate to dental exams that we want to share. Dental anxiety has been keeping many patients from visiting the dentist on a regular basis and the additional stress from their everyday lives that they’re experiencing are really making an impact on our patients too, so let’s dig in on both of these subjects to give you some additional resources.

Dental Anxiety:

Dental phobia is a real thing – so, if going to the dentist makes you uncomfortable or queasy, know that you are certainly not alone. If you’re fearful of visiting the dentist, let us know. We want you to feel comfortable and would love to share some Quick Tips to Ease Dental Anxiety. Not to mention, we offer nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas” to just take the edge off of your anxiety or fear of your dental appointment and put you at ease.


Did you know that stress affects oral health? We see stress shine through when our patients complain of grinding, gnashing, or clenching their teeth. This condition is called Bruxism. Not only does this mean you may clench your teeth while you’re awake, but it also means you grind your teeth at night. When you grind at night, it’s also known as Sleep Bruxism. According to The Mayo Clinic, if you do this, you’re also prone to other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or snoring. Although mild cases of bruxism may not require treatment, more severe cases of bruxism can cause headaches, jaw problems, damaged teeth, and more.

Below are some resources that we feel may be helpful:

6-Month Dental Exam Help Your Benefits Stay on Track

At this time of year, it’s important to remember that your dental insurance benefits have already been available for 6 months and you only have 6 more months, through December 31st to use them before they EXPIRE and renew. Talking with your insurance provider to discover what your dental benefits entail is always a smart idea. You may want to ask: Are my preventative visits free? If so, then go ahead and schedule your 6-month checkups early on to avoid forgetting. Or better yet – schedule your next visit before you leave your dental exam appointment!

Read More about Dental Benefits.

When you make the most out of your dental benefits, you know your money is going to a great cause – your health! Don’t let your deductible be of no use or let benefits go unused. Take care of your teeth and use your dental benefits to the maximum. The best way to do this is to see your Downtown Dentist Kansas City regularly so you know exactly how healthy you are and can plan for your future!

Making a Difference One Dental Exam at a Time

Regular cleanings and dental exams at your Downtown Dentist Kansas City is a wonderful preventative care option whether you work, live, or play in the Downtown Kansas City area. Remember, even though you may be brushing and flossing really well at home, tartar and plaque is impossible to remove with regular brushing and flossing, and can build-up over time. Dentists are able to use specific tools to remove that plaque and tartar, keeping our mouth cleaner and our chances of other complications much lower.

We believe everyone should love their smile and have access to affordable dental care. Learn more about the services we offer to all ages and contact us to book your appointment or schedule your dental appointment. We are currently accepting new patients and we look forward to meeting you and helping you maintain, improve or enhance your smile!

Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.