At our practice we encounter many patients who let routine dental exams, and cleanings fall by the wayside because they don’t have an apparent problem with their dental health. But regular dental check-ups aren’t meant to address pronounced issues like extensive tooth decay or dental trauma. These preventive visits maintain optimal oral health and prevent these issues in the future. Furthermore, the most cost-effective way to maintain optimal dental health is to adhere to routine visits, not waiting for the worst-case scenario.
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What to expect during professional teeth cleanings
Before dental cleaning, we’ll inspect your teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral structures for signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. The dental exam may also include digital x-rays, depending on the elapsed period since your last exam. Based on your exam results, we’ll provide a treatment plan that helps you achieve optimal health.
After the oral exam, our dental hygienist uses special tools and skills to remove stains, plaque, and tartar from all surfaces of the teeth. Professional cleaning is nothing like your at-home dental care. Dental professionals are highly trained to use tools that access even the hard-to-reach areas often missed with brushing and flossing. These areas often develop tartar (calcified plaque) that only a dentist can remove.
Once we clean your teeth, we expertly floss and polish them to remove surface stains and deposits. We’ll recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen your teeth and reverse minor tooth decay if necessary. After cleaning, you can ask questions about maintaining oral health between dental cleanings.
We recommend that patients see a dentist at least twice yearly, but if you have a history of gum disease and tooth decay, you should have your teeth cleaned more often. Dental cleanings are the foundation of preventive care — you shouldn’t contemplate missing them.