Dental Cleaning and Exams
A healthy mouth is important. It provides a beautiful smile and enables you to eat, drink, smile and speak without pain or complication. A strong mouth requires daily care. Good dental hygiene is the number one way to prevent cavities, gum disease and other avoidable dental ailments. You alone have full control over your dental health. You can take care of your mouth or not.
Though daily flossing and brushing are necessary for healthy teeth and gums, you also need the occasional thorough, professional cleaning that only we can provide in the office. We echo the suggestion of The American Dental Association (ADA) and encourage you come in every six months for a teeth cleaning and exam.
What to Expect at Your Teeth Cleaning Appointment
At your teeth cleaning exam, we’ll thoroughly clean your teeth and administer a quick exam. More specifically, you’ll receive:
- A professional teeth cleaning – Our hygienist will clean your teeth of all plaque and tartar, floss your teeth, polish them, and apply fluoride.
- A dental exam – Your gums and teeth will be examined for signs of decay, gingivitis, and other oral health issues.
- Dental X-rays- X-rays of your teeth will be done to assess a presence of decay, misailingment or other dental damage. Additional x-rays will be taken to further examine any decay or problems that may appear.
- Treatment plan consultation – If any dental issues are found, our dentist will recommend treatment options. After informing and educating you about each treatment option, our dentist will create a plan with you. Typically, there are multiple treatment options available, and we can make suggestions, but only you can decide which one will work best for you. We want you to have the most active role in your dental care.
If it has been six months or more since your last teeth cleaning, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Your mouth will thank you and you are more likely to avoid future dental problems.