Dental Exams and Cleanings
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and soft tissues for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Your dentist may also want to take digital x-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. The images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any soft plaque or hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and may apply fluoride.