What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Keeping up with your dental health is incredibly important. This is why it is important to come into the office every six months for a cleaning and exam. The cleaning is done to remove hardened plaque, known as tartar, from the teeth. Exams are done to check for problems before they are able to get much worse.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings needed?
You might assume that if nothing is bothering you and your teeth are getting clean enough at home, that you don’t need to have a professional cleaning and exam done. Unfortunately, even the very best brushing and flossing techniques cannot remove all plaque. Once tartar builds up, it’s nearly impossible to remove yourself. Likewise, minor problems often have no symptoms or side effects until they get worse.
Who is a candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Every person, regardless of age, is a good candidate for a biannual exam and cleaning. In fact, we recommend that parents get their children in for their first examination and cleaning as soon as their baby teeth begin to develop and come through the gums. From that point on, it’s important to come in every six months for routine care. These appointments are considered a type of preventative care, since they can help to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
What happens during the appointment for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
The appointment will start with a cleaning. The professional cleaning is performed by our licensed hygienist. The hygienist will clear away tartar buildup from the teeth as well as stains. Your teeth are then polished and the gums checked for any signs of pocketing, which could signal gingivitis or gum disease. The next step is to perform a dental examination. We look for things like cavities, loose or damaged restorations and oral cancer. We’ll then schedule you for any work that needs to be done and will pre-schedule you for your next biannual checkup.
If you’d like to come into our office for an exam and cleaning, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly staff members.