Dental Exams & Cleanings
What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Prevention is key when it comes to preserving your smile and improving your oral health. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your teeth is to come in for routine biannual checkup visits. These visits include an examination as well as a professional dental cleaning that is done by a registered hygienist. Exams give us a clear view of your dental and oral health, and cleanings are done to remove heavy buildup that can contribute to gingivitis, gum disease and tooth decay.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings needed?
You might be thinking that if you aren’t experiencing any pain or problems and you’re flossing and brushing at home, you don’t need to come in for regular dental care. The very opposite is true for all patients. In order to prevent problems from occurring, we recommend having cleanings and exams done in our office. Because minor problems often exhibit no symptoms, it’s best to catch them early on while they’re still treatable. Cleanings can even prevent many dental problems from happening in the first place.
Who is a candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Each member of your family is a great candidate for exams and cleanings. In fact, we recommend that every patient come in for these checkups every six months. By coming in for biannual checkups, we’re able to monitor for changes to your oral health. This makes treatment easier and less invasive than if you had ignored the problem.
What can you expect during Dental Exams & Cleanings?
The procedure begins with a cleaning. Professional cleanings are done by our licensed and registered dental hygienist. The hygienist will clear away buildup on the teeth, known as tartar. The teeth are polished and flossed before the gums are checked for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. The doctor then performs the examination to look for cavities, loose or broken restorations and oral cancer. Regardless of how long it’s been since your last appointment, we offer care to patients of all ages in a nonjudgmental manner.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts. Our low office wait times and personable one-on-one approach is ideal for the whole family.