DENTAL EXAMS & CLEANINGS
Regular dental exams and cleanings are important in maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding dental problems. During your first appointment, your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine your dental history and care. A schedule of regular check-up exams will then be determined.
A typical dental exam includes:
- Examination of teeth: Teeth will be checked for decay and other potential dental problems.
- Gum examination: Gums and the bone around the teeth will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Dental X-rays: Regular x-rays will be taken to determine if any changes are occurring in your teeth, mouth and gums.
- Oral cancer screening: Your dentist will check all areas of your mouth interior and exterior for any signs of oral cancer.
- Examination of existing restorations: Fillings, crowns, bridges and other dental restorations will be checked for fit and any potential problems.
After the dental exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will perform a dental cleaning. A typical dental cleaning includes:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus or hardened plaque attaches itself to the surface of teeth and cannot be removed with daily brushing. During your cleaning, this hardened material will be removed with specialized dental techniques and instruments.
- Removal of plaque: A sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth, plaque attracts harmful bacteria and debris that can cause tooth decay. During your exam, plaque will be removed from your teeth with specialized dental techniques and instruments.
- Teeth polishing: Over time, food, coffee, wine and day to day wear and tear will stain and discolor teeth. Professional teeth polishing will erase staining and bring teeth back to their normal color.
After your dental exam and cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will discuss a recommended routine of dental care for you to continue in between visits.