What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?

Keeping your teeth healthy and clean requires more than diligent brushing and flossing at home. In many cases, plaque will build up on different areas of the teeth, hardening into a chalky white substance known as calculus. The only safe way to remove calculus buildup is with a professional cleaning performed by a registered hygienist or dentist. Exams are necessary as well, since they give us a view of your dental and oral health to address issues early in the most conservative way possible.

Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings necessary?

Even with the best brushing habits, you can still benefit from a professional exam and cleaning. Exams are necessary, since they can alert us of minor problems so that treatment is both easier and more effective. Cleanings help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay when done regularly. It's never too late to start taking better care of your smile with routine preventative treatment.

How often should you come in for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

Our recommendation for preventative care depends on what we find as we examine your teeth and gums. The frequency of your care will be tailored to your needs, ranging from three to six months. With toddlers, we begin to see them around 12 to 18 months old to help them feel comfortable in the office.  If it's been a long time since your last cleaning, it's never too late to start loving your smile. We offer care in a judgement-free and relaxed manner.

What can you expect at the appointment for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

The appointment begins with an evaluation of the gums, checking for signs of inflammation and infection as well as oral cancer. Knowing the current state of your gums, a registered dental hygienist uses special instruments to meet the specific needs you have, clearing away calculus build up and surface stains. The teeth are then polished and carefully flossed. Once the cleaning has been completed, Dr. Pope comes in to perform the exam. The exam allows us to check for signs of tooth decay, loose or broken restorations, and fractures or worn areas. To make your future appointments easier, we'll pre-schedule them before you leave the office.

If you think you might benefit from a cleaning and exam, call our office today so that one of our helpful staff members can further assist you.

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