Dental Cleanings and Examinations

Even with routine brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, tarter can develop. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

What are Dental Cleanings and Examinations?

A dental cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist who uses a series of specialized instruments to carefully remove tartar and plaque buildup on the teeth. The dental exam is often performed after the cleaning is complete and is specifically meant to check for signs of decay and other intraoral problems. Dental cleanings and exams are part of a preventative care maintenance regimen. They can help to keep your teeth clean and looking their best.

Why do you need Dental Cleanings and Examinations?

Every single person in your family needs to have routine exams and cleanings. Without a professional cleaning, you may have a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth that can cause decay, gingivitis and even gum disease. Exams are necessary because they look for problems before they are allowed to get worse. Both the cleaning and exam is performed in our office at your own convenience.

What makes you a good candidate for Dental Cleanings and Examinations?

It is important to come to the office twice a year for a dental cleaning and comprehensive examination. We can pre-schedule your appointment so that you don’t have to worry about remembering to come in. It is vital that everyone in your family has routine cleanings and exams no matter their age. Both the cleaning and exam can be done within an hour at a time that’s convenient for you.

What are some of the benefits of receiving dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings have so many benefits. Not only are they crucial for maintaining a healthy oral regimen, but dental cleanings also:

  • Prevent cavitites– cleanings help to eliminate built up tartar and plaque that can lead to cavities if not treated
  • Stop tooth loss- tooth loss is caused by gum disease that occurs from built up plaque. Having cleanings reduces the risk of gum disease. As gum disease advances, it deteriorates the structure of the tooth causing the tooth to break down. Cleanings help to eliminate the problems associated with gum disease.
  • Help to brighten your smile- by reducing the amount of plaque on your teeth it helps to keep them whiter and brighter.During cleanings the dentist will polish and shine the teeth ridding the teeth of stains left behind caused from drinking too much coffee or soda.
  • Help to freshen your breath- Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.

What happens during the procedure for Dental Cleanings and Examinations?

When you first come into the office, a dental hygienist will perform your cleaning. They will use a variety of instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. The hygienist will measure your gum pocket depth to check for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. Once the cleaning is complete, the doctor will come in and examine the teeth, gums and other oral tissues. A cancer screening will be performed to check for abnormal lesions and patches. Both the cleaning and exam is done in under an hour.

If you are in need of a dental cleaning and exam, call our office today so that one of our helpful staff members can schedule an appointment.