Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exams are an important part in your permanent dental history.  Patients should receive dental exams once every six months.  During a routine exam the dentist will focus on the following:

  • Dental X-Ray Review: This helps to detect tooth decay, cysts or tumors, or bone loss. The x-ray is also used to help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: The gum line, lips, throat, face, and neck will be thoroughly reviewed for signs of cancerous growth that is essential in early detection.
  • Evaluate Gum Health: The gum line and the surrounding bone will be reviewed for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examine for Tooth Decay: Our dentist uses specialized tools that are used to check each section of a tooth for signs of tooth decay.
  • Examine Restorations: Any crowns, fillings, implants, or veneers will be checked for damage.

Thorough cleanings performed by our hygenists, known as Dental Prophylaxis, are useful to help keep teeth healthy. This cleaning should be scheduled a minimum of once every six months. The cleanings will likely include:

  • Calculus and Tarter Removal: Plaque that is left on the tooth surface hardens into calculus. This hardened material is firmly attached to the tooth exterior and can only be removed by our hygenist using special tools.
  • Plaque Removal: Plaque is a sticky and invisible substance that forms on the teeth. It includes food particles, saliva, and harmful bacteria that can erode tooth enamel or cause periodontal disease when not removed.
  • Teeth Polishing: This removes excess bacteria and plaque that is not removed with standard brushing and dental scaling.