Cleaning and Prevention
Dental Exams, Cleanings, and Preventions
Dental prevention is a cooperative effort by the patient, dental staff, and dentist to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures. Good oral hygiene and a balanced, healthy diet at home are the first steps for preventing dental disease. The next step occurs in the dental office and are the efforts made by your dental hygienist and dentist to promote, restore, and maintain your dental health. Regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays are also key factors in prevention. Furthermore, you can protect your teeth with sealants and fluoride. On top of helping avoid costly and serious dental problems, preventative dental care is the key for maintaining a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam at your initial dental visit. During regular check-up exams, your hygienist and dentist will conduct the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays are necessary for detecting decay, cysts, bone loss, and tumors as well as determining root and tooth positions.
- Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth are examined for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of existing restorations: All current crowns, fillings, etc. are checked.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, tongue, lips, gums, tissues, and throat are inspected for any signs of oral cancer.
- Examination of tooth decay: Specialized dental instruments inspect all tooth surfaces for decay.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Registered Dental Hygienists typically perform professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis). Your dental cleaning appointment will consist of a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, saliva, and food debris. It is an almost invisible and sticky film that forms on teeth and creates toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease.
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that’s firmly attached to a tooth’s surface and forms below and above the gum line. The only way to remove calculus is with special dental instruments.
- Teeth polishing: Stains and plaque that weren’t removed during brushing and scaling are polished off.
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