Cleanings & Exams
Professional cleanings twice annually can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. During cleanings, a dental hygienist removes plaque from the teeth, removes tarter from the gum line, and polishes and removes stains from the teeth – keeping them healthy and beautiful.
Between cleanings, it is important to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum.
- Floss every night in an up-and-down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid sticky sugary foods.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
- Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth.
After a cleaning, a dentist will examine your teeth. This is important to diagnose disease before it becomes hazardous to your health. Bi-annual dental exams can also save you money by pinpointing and correcting problems before they become larger and more expensive to repair. Your dental examination will include:
- Oral cancer screening
- Gum disease evaluation
- Visual examination of tooth decay
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays to see cysts, tumors, decay and other problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye
- Evaluation of status of current restorations (fillings and others)
Preventing Gum Disease
Brushing twice daily and visiting your dentist regularly can help prevent Gum Disease which can occur when plaque—a colorless, sticky film (bacteria) that forms on your teeth causes your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and bleed. Over time, plaque builds up underneath your gums and can cause periodontal disease (Gum Disease), leading to bone loss and eventual tooth loss.
Schedule an Appointment
It is important to schedule regular cleanings and exams. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (734) 464-8020.