Dental Exams & Cleanings

Routine dental exam and cleaning appointments are vital to protecting the health of your teeth, mouth and gums. Even though you may be regularly brushing and flossing at home, you can still miss spots. Or certain types of dental problems could go undetected.

By keeping up with these important appointments, your dental team has a chance to spot early signs of problems to make sure that your teeth and smile remain healthy and attractive.

Before your next dental check up, it helps to know what you can expect before your appointment so that you feel entirely comfortable.

Dental Exam: What To Expect

If this is your first time visiting your dentist, the staff will take your entire medical history & update your X-rays.

During your dental exam, your dentist will be checking each of your teeth carefully. They may be using specialized dental tools to examine teeth out of view. Your dentist will do a full cancer screening exam.

In addition to your teeth, your dental team will check other structures in the oral cavity, including your gums. They will be looking for any signs of developing issues or disease. The purpose of this examination is to ensure that you receive an early diagnosis and treatment for any detected oral issues, saving you time and expense.

Maintaining

A Healthier Smile Dental Cleaning

Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your mouth, including areas that you may have missed during your cleaning efforts at home. Although patients may put a good deal of time and effort into brushing and flossing, it is still possible to miss hard-to-reach areas.

It is difficult to remove plaque from the teeth using a toothbrush. And the hardened form of plaque, known as tartar, cannot be cleaned using a toothbrush at all. Instead, your hygienist will use special dental tools to scrape it away from your teeth.

The main goal of a dental cleaning appointment is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Otherwise, plaque could accumulate on your teeth and eventually result in periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. A serious form of gum disease called periodontitis is irreversible and can lead to tooth loss. So a professional dental cleaning is a vital part of your ongoing dental care.

Schedule Your Dental Exam & Cleaning

Have you been putting off your routine dental exam and cleaning visits? If so, now is the time to catch up with these vital appointments. Please contact us today to schedule your next dental checkup.