Dental Exams & Cleanings
What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Both dental exams and cleanings help to keep your teeth healthy throughout the year. Ideally, you should be coming into the office twice a year for both a cleaning and exam. The exam checks for issues concerning dental decay, loose restorations and even oral cancer. Cleanings are performed by hygienists who work to clean away tartar, stains and check the health of your gums.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings needed?
The reason cleanings and exams are needed is because they help to keep your smile full and healthy. The exam can help to find problems before they’re allowed to get worse. Cleanings are ideal for cleaning away any hardened tartar and stains while simultaneously checking for gingivitis and gum disease. If there is a lot of buildup on your teeth or if you have gum disease, we may recommend a deeper cleaning known as a scaling and root planing.
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Who’s a good candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Every one of our patients is a good candidate for a dental exam and cleaning. In fact, infants who have just gotten their first teeth are eligible for both a cleaning and exam. It’s a good idea to make it a habit to come into the office twice a year for these checkup appointments. By being proactive with the health of your smile, you can enjoy teeth that are full, bright and problem-free.
What happens during Dental Exams & Cleanings?
The first part of the preventative care appointment is taking x-rays. These x-rays help us to identify and find problems that might go unnoticed otherwise. The hygienist then works to clean your teeth by removing tartar and stains. Your gums are checked for signs of gingivitis and gum disease, and we can offer treatment options as needed. Our doctor then comes in and performs the exam, checking for cavities, loose or problematic restorations and oral cancer. The entire appointment takes less than an hour in our office and can be conveniently pre-scheduled for you.
If you need to come in for an exam and cleaning, call our office today and our friendly staff members can schedule an appointment for you.