A comprehensive dental exam as well as a prophy cleaning are both designed to keep your oral health and smile looking its best. Cleanings are done by registered hygienists who clean and scale away hardened plaque (tartar) as well as stains from the teeth. The teeth are then examined for any signs of decay and other intraoral problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for a cleaning and exam.
WHY ARE DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANINGS NEEDED?
Prevention is key when it comes to keeping your oral health looking its best. Even if it’s been years since your last dental appointment, it’s never too late to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Exams are necessary in finding minor problems before they get bigger. Cleanings can be helpful in preventing tooth decay, gingivitis and even periodontal disease (gum disease).
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANINGS?
Every person in your family can and should be coming in for regular checkups. It’s never too early to bring your children in for their first appointment, and it’s never too late to have your teeth cleaned and checked as well. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends patients to come in as early as 1 year of age for routine check-ups. By coming in regularly, you’re less likely to develop severe dental issues, which could result in emergency situations. We will do our best to help schedule these checkup visits so that they are easy to keep up with regularly.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANINGS?
If you haven’t been in for a check-up in a while, we will start by doing a full evaluation of what type of a cleaning is needed to help you get back to a healthy state. We will evaluate the health of your gum tissue, teeth and oral mucosa. Based on our examination, we will sit down with you regarding the type of cleaning and dental work needed to make sure you have a full understanding of what type of treatment is necessary to provide you with optimal care.
If you would like to learn more about exams and cleanings, or to schedule an appointment for preventative care, call us today to speak with one of our friendly team members.