Cleanings & Prevention
It takes a collaborative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental team to prevent and reduce the dental diseases and conditions.
Prevention begins in the home. Good oral hygiene and a balanced diet are great ways to prolong the health of your smile. Our dentist and dental hygienist will do their part to restore and keep optimal oral health, as well.
Routinely schedule dental exams, cleaning, and x-rays. Preventative treatments like sealant and fluorides are also available to the patient.
A preventative program will aid in avoiding consequential and expensive dental issues. This is essential to owning a healthy, beautiful smile!
Dental Exams & Cleanings
Dental evaluations are conducted by your dentist on your first visit. You can expect your dentist and hygienist to complete the following:
- X-ray diagnostic: These radiographic images will be used to detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also provide a map of your mouth. Your dentist will determine each tooth, their roots, and positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Your dentist will inspect areas such as the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for indications of oral cancer.
- Periodontal disease evaluation: The gums and bones surrounding teeth will be inspected for any signs of gum disease.
- Tooth decay exam: each tooth’s surface will be checked for decomposition.
- Restoration and repair exam: previous dental work, fillings, crowns, sealants, will be reviewed.
Professional Dental Cleaning
- Dental cleanings are completed by your dental hygienist. Your thorough cleaning exams will have:
- Tartar removal: tartar (calculus) is hardened plaque collected over time. The tartar often settles onto the tooth’s surface, above, or below the gum line. It is extremely difficult to clear and requires special dental tools for removal.
- Plaque removal: Plaque is a biofilm that grows within the mouth. It spreads because of bacteria build-up, food residue, and saliva. It is one of the major causes of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: Eliminate stains and plaque that are difficult to remove with daily brushing.
X-rays are necessary, precautionary, examination tools. They provide insight into hidden dental complications. The images produced help in detecting oral dangers and are used to complete a precise care plan.
Dental X-rays may discover:
• Abscesses or cysts
• Bone deterioration
• Benign or malignant tumors
• Decay between teeth
• Developmental abnormalities
• Poor tooth and root positions
• Poor conditions inside a tooth or below the gum line
Early dental detection and treatment could save you time, expenses, pain, discomfort, and your smile!
Are X-rays safe?
Environmental radiation exposure is natural. A full mouth series of X-rays is equivalent to the amount of radiation commonly experienced in a single day.
X-rays expose patients to a low-level of radiation deeming it safe. Extra precautionary measures are taken to reduce the patient’s radiation exposure. Dentists use lead aprons to shield the body and technologies like modern, fast film also decrease exposure time.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
The number of dental X-rays is determined by each patient’s individual care plan and health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will carefully review your medical and dental history, dental exam, age, and risk-level; then, they will recommend necessary X-rays to be taken.
New patients are suggested to complete a full mouth series of X-rays. A full series lasts three-to-five years. Bitewing X-rays (images of the top and bottom teeth closed together) are taken more frequently. They are recommended to be done at check-ups, and once/twice a year.