Dental Exams & Cleanings
What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Taking good care of your teeth involves more than just brushing and flossing at home. Hardened plaque, known as calculus or tartar, can be nearly impossible to remove on your own. Even with the best brushing techniques and tools at home, you may still get regular tartar buildup. Professional cleanings remove this tartar from your teeth, and an exam helps to identify problems before they’re able to get worse.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings needed?
If you fail to take care of your teeth, you will probably deal with tooth decay and gum disease at some point in the future. Gum disease affects nearly half of all otherwise healthy adults. The disease is the leading cause of both tooth and bone loss within the mouth. Regular cleanings and exams can help to prevent and treat gum disease, and are an important part of good oral hygiene practices.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Each member of your family should be coming in for regular cleanings and examinations. In fact, we recommend that patients come to us once every six months so that we can examine your teeth and provide you with a professional cleaning. If you are a parent, it’s never too early to bring your children for their first dental appointment. Even if it’s been a while since your last visit, you can, and should, begin to seek treatment for your oral health.
What happens during the process for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
The appointment normally begins with a cleaning that is performed by a licensed hygienist. The hygienist carefully removes any tartar from the teeth before flossing and polishing. Once this is done, the gums are checked for any and all signs of gum disease. The doctor then comes in and performs an examination to check for cavities, issues with restorations, and even oral cancer. The entire appointment should take less than an hour in our office.
If you think you need an exam or cleaning, call our office today and we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.