Dental Exams & Cleanings
What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
A dental exam and cleaning are specifically designed to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Cleanings are performed by a registered dental hygienist who works to clean away built-up tartar and stains from the teeth. The exam is done to help identify issues before they are able to get worse. We recommend having a cleaning and exam done every six months as part of your preventative care regimen.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings needed?
You may be wondering why a dental cleaning is needed if you already brush and floss your teeth properly at home. Likewise, you might not feel you need an exam because there is nothing that is actively bothering or hurting you. It is important to note that prevention is key when it comes to your dental health. Even with the very best brushing and flossing techniques, tartar can buildup on the teeth as well as areas of decay.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Everyone who has teeth is a good candidate for both a cleaning and examination. We recommend children who are just starting to get their baby teeth come in for appointments every six months. From that point on, it’s important to make it a habit to come into the office to keep up with the health of your teeth. These preventative measures can help in keeping your smile looking its best for life.
What happens during the appointment for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
We will seat you comfortably in one of our exam or hygiene rooms. Our hygienist then performs a cleaning, which uses special tools called scalers to remove hardened plaque and staining from the teeth. For heavy buildup, an ultrasonic scaler may be used. The gums are checked for signs of gingivitis or gum disease before the exam is conducted. The exam includes a thorough inspection of your teeth, gums and mouth. We look for cavities, problem areas as well as oral cancer. We then create a treatment plan for you and schedule your next checkup visit.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.