What are Dental Exams and Cleanings?
A dental exam can help us to monitor and check for intraoral problems. A cleaning is performed by a registered and licensed hygienist who will clear away plaque, stains and tartar from the teeth. In order to keep up with your oral health, it’s important that you come in for regular bi-annual checkup exams and cleanings. These checkup visits allow us to monitor any changes and provide treatment early on, when it is more effective.
Why would Dental Exams and Cleanings be needed?
Regardless of how long it’s been since your last appointment, it is never too late to take charge of your dental health. The cleaning and exam procedure takes about an hour in our office. We recommend coming in every six months for this type of treatment. We offer care in a calm, comfortable and non-judgmental environment.
Who is a candidate for Dental Exams and Cleanings?
Every member of your family is a good candidate for both exams and cleanings. Cleanings, in particular, can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing alone often isn’t enough to remove hardened plaque, known as tartar, from the teeth. Cleanings are one of the only way to remove this tartar buildup and eliminate the likelihood of decay and inflammation caused by tartar.
What happens during Dental Exams and Cleanings?
The first part of your appointment will begin with a cleaning. The cleaning is performed by a licensed hygienist in our office. The hygienist will clear away any type of debris and plaque from the teeth, as well as stains. The teeth are then polished and flossed carefully. This is helpful in eliminating any bacteria from between the teeth. The gums are checked for signs of either gingivitis or gum disease. Dr. Alfonso will then come into the office and perform the exam. She is looking for signs of decay, problem areas and even signs of oral cancer.
If you would like to come into our office for a cleaning and exam, call us today to schedule a convenient appointment.