What is a Professional Dental Exam and Cleaning?
A professional dental exam looks for signs of decay and other intraoral problems that may go unnoticed or undetected without routine care. The exam will look for signs of oral cancer as well, which can benefit from early treatment if detected. A professional cleaning is performed by a hygienist who works to clean your teeth and get rid of hardened plaque and tartar. The hygienist will measure your gum pockets to check for signs of gingivitis and gum disease.
Why do you need a Professional Exam and Cleaning?
You can think of a professional exam and cleaning as part of your overall preventative dental care. Going for a bi-annual exam ensures that any minor problem is not allowed to fester and become worse. The cleanings that are performed by the hygienist will get rid of hardened plaque as well as tartar and stains, so you can benefit from fresher, cleaner breath. Cleanings and exams are crucial for patients of all ages and varying dental needs.
How often should you have a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
It is recommended that you have a dental exam as well as a professional cleaning done every six months. We can pre-schedule your appointments for you so that you don’t even need to remember when you last came into the office or when you need to call us to come in. With routine care, you can expect fewer cavities and the need for other, more invasive work. We are here to make your cleaning and exam as comfortable and quick as possible.
What should you expect during a routine Dental Exam and Cleaning?
You will first come in and have the cleaning done by the hygienist. The hygienist may take x-rays before the cleaning as part of your preventative care needs. The hygienist will then measure your gums to check for signs of gum disease as well as gingivitis. After the cleaning, Dr. Sheth will come in and perform the exam. Dr. Sheth looks for signs of decay, loose restorative work, and other intraoral issues. Dr. Sheth will then check for signs of oral cancer and will help with treatment planning if it is found. There are many benefits to visiting the dentist regularly, so it’s a good idea to make it a habit for you and your family.
If you need a dental exam or are interested in a professional cleaning, call us today and we will work to get you in for an appointment.
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