What can I expect during a dental exam and cleaning?
Diagnostic x-ray: X-rays give our Hygienist and Doctor an eye inside your teeth and gums to detects any sign of decay, tumors, cysts, and/or bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: During your check-up you will be screened for signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Our Hygienist will check your gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. Many Hygienists will give each tooth/gums a number depending on the health of that area to determine if disease is present.
Examination of tooth decay: All teeth are checked for decay.
Examination of existing restorations: If you have any prior work done our Hygienist and Doctor will check the condition of current fillings, crowns, etc.
Removal of plaque and tartar: Plaque is a film on teeth that is full of bacteria, food and saliva which can cause periodontal disease where as tartar is hardened plaque that is attached to the tooth above or below the gum line.
Polishing: Our Hygienist will remove stains and plaque by polishing the tooth’s surface.