Regular cleanings prevent tooth decay, bone loss and tooth loss due to periodontal diseases. It is recommended to have regular dental cleanings (2 times per year) to preserve your dental health and your beautiful smile.
Dental Cleanings aim to:
- Remove calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened (calcified) plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. **Calculus located below the gum line is difficult to clean and harbor bacteria.
- Remove plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Polish teeth: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. Drinking tea, coffee, red wine, and smoking are all common causes of teeth stains.
A complete dental exam performed by our family dentist includes:
- 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 and in essence, “to see what we can’t see.”
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Evaluation of Gums: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
- During the dental exam, we hope to educate our patients regarding oral hygiene so that they have a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We encourage our patient’s to ask any questions they may have regarding dentistry.