Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting us for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. In certain cases, a shorter interval of 3 to 4 months is recommended.
By routinely seeing us for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, or oral pathology early on
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in our office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
Comprehensive and Periodic Exams
During your exam, we will thoroughly examine not only your teeth and gums, but your head and neck area for any visible signs of pathology. The doctor may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums.
Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help us discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Professional Cleanings or Oral Prophylaxis
A dental hygienist will begin your dental cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth. The hygienist will perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing dental paste, and apply fluoride.
Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let us know. The hygienist may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort.
If the dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, he or she will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, we may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.
If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, our office will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.