Cleanings & Exams
Tartar, tooth decay, and other issues can easily develop and go unnoticed, even if you brush and floss daily. Regular cleanings and exams can eliminate tartar and allow your dentist to catch issues in the earliest stages, when they are most treatable.
Why do I need cleanings and exams?
Bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease and other conditions. Routine exams can protect your periodontal and overall health. Many exams also include an oral cancer screening.
Your dental team can also pinpoint room for improvement in your daily oral hygiene routine based on the state of your smile. They can coach you in choosing more effective products and using them in the most beneficial ways.
Even if you brush and floss daily, never smoke or drink, and subsist on a diet low in sugar, there are still many factors beyond your control when it comes to your oral health. In fact, genetics and hormonal changes alone can spur many oral health issues, including gum disease. Meanwhile, some issues present no initial symptoms whatsoever, especially to the untrained eye. The regular attention of a dentist is the best way to protect your smile and many aspects of your overall health.
Regular dental checkups can save you money and help you avoid many painful oral health issues. It could even save your life.
What is involved in an exam and cleaning?
Your dentist will perform a visual exam using an intraoral camera to assess the state of your teeth and gums.
X-rays will allow your dentist to further examine your teeth, dental roots, and jawbone for any signs of decay, fractures, or infection.
Your dentist may conduct an oral cancer screening by visually examining the soft tissues of your mouth or using a special tool to detect abnormalities.
A dental hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar.
Your teeth will be polished using a gritty paste and a special rotary tool.
Your dentist and hygienist can provide any necessary suggestions for more efficient brushing and flossing.
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