A healthy mouth starts with brushing and flossing and regular dental teeth cleanings and dental exams by our registered dental hygienists and dentists. Routine dental checkups are vital to your good oral hygiene and are the best way to detect problems before becoming a health concern.
Early detection and treatment can save you and your family unnecessary pain and expense in the long run. A dental exam can identify cavities that need fillings, bleeding gums, gum disease, exposed tooth roots, cracked teeth, cracked dental crowns, and even cancer.
We recommend professional dental teeth cleanings every six months. Teeth cleanings are crucial to prevent the excessive buildup of plaque, which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease if unchecked. The goal is to catch dental problems before they begin or too late to save the tooth. Other than removing a wisdom tooth, teeth extractions should be the last alternative to dental care.
What to expect during your Dental Cleaning and Exam?
Typical procedures that may be part of your routine examination include:
- Diagnostic X-rays
- Pocket depth measurements of the gums
- Evaluation of bone loss
- Periodontal screening for gum diseases
- Scaling to remove plaque and tartar
- Polishing the teeth
- Oral cancer screenings
- Comprehensive dental examination
- Fluoride varnish application (as needed)
After your exam is complete, your dentist or hygienist will discuss the results and provide a personalized treatment plan. The hygienist or dentist will discuss any problem areas or areas that need more focus when brushing or flossing. This discussion is an excellent time to communicate your ideal dental appearance and dental goals. Be sure to discuss any oral issues or discomfort you may be feeling so that the dentist can address those needs during your visit or schedule a follow-up visit soon.