Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing Problems Before They Start

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. Bleeding gums is a sign of bacterial invasion of your oral tissues and if left unchecked will open a pathway for harmful bacteria into your bloodstream.  "Why your gums are so important to your health."

By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

We will:

  • Take your blood pressure.
  • Review your health history and medications.
  • Review family medical and dental history.
  • Examine your teeth for signs of decay, bruxism, Gerd and stress fractures.
  • Examine your gums for inflammation, gingivitis, periodontal disease and recession.
  • Complete oral cancer screening.
  • Assess the jaw joints (TMJ) and the muscles of mastication for any signs of disfunction.
  • Screen for possible sleep apnea.

Professional Cleanings

Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.  If you do have periodontal disease, we will recommend a treatment that is more involved than a cleaning: scaling and root planing.  In cases of severe periodontal disease, we may refer you to a periodontist.

Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of instruments to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound to remove stains, and, if necessary, apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam and cleaning, be sure to let your hygienist know. We may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort.