Dental Exams and Cleanings
Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being. While regular brushing and flossing are necessary for a healthy smile, it is also important to visit your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning. While many schedule these cleanings once per year, the American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months to maintain the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
Your dental hygienist will carefully examine your teeth to check for any cavities. They will also assess the condition of any existing fillings to ensure they are in good shape. The dental hygienist will conduct a periodontal exam to assess the health of your gums and check for any signs of periodontal disease or bone loss. This exam helps determine if your gums are securely attached to your teeth.
During a dental examination, the dentist will carefully assess the condition of your teeth and gums to identify any indications of tooth decay, gum disease, or other potential health issues. X-rays are commonly used by dentists to gain a better understanding of the condition of your teeth and gums beyond what is visible on the surface.
When it is time for your cleaning the dental hygienist will utilize different instruments to eliminate tartar, which refers to hard mineral deposits, from your teeth. After that, the dental hygienist will perform flossing, polishing, and fluoride application on your teeth.
Maintaining oral health at home is vital, but getting annual or semi-annual cleanings and exams can help your dentist evaluate your oral hygiene and help to give a deep cleaning that is easier to maintain.