Cleanings and Exams

Dental cleanings differ from your at-home dental routine of brushing and flossing. During a cleaning our hygienists include:

Removal of plaque to prevent gum inflammation and periodontal disease
Removal of calculus (tartar) formed from plaque to prevent gingivitis
Teeth polishing to remove stains and plaque
It is important that your teeth are regularly cleaned. Removal of plaque and calculus can only be done in a dentist office with the use of ultrasonic tools and specialized instruments.

Exams are performed at your regularly scheduled check up appointments. All regular check up appointments will include the following:

Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Examination of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Examination of the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: Examination of all tooth surfaces for decay with specialized instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Examination of current fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.
Schedule an appointment with us soon so you can receive a thorough exam and maintain your oral health!

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