Dental Exams and Cleanings

The Purpose of a Cleaning and Exam is to Keep Your Teeth, Gums and Mouth as Healthy as Possible

What’s a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

A dental exam and professional cleaning are done in conjunction as part of your preventative care routine. Cleanings and exams should be done twice a year on all patients, regardless of age or dental needs. The purpose of a cleaning and exam is to keep your teeth, gums and mouth as healthy as possible. Dr.  Nicolette will perform the exam while our trained, licensed hygienist performs the cleaning.

Why is a Dental Exam and Cleaning Needed?

Dental exams look for issues that may otherwise go unnoticed without routine treatment and care. The exam looks for signs of loose or missing restorations, oral cancer and dental decay. The cleaning is meant to remove buildup on the teeth that is impossible to take off yourself. Even with the very best brushing and flossing techniques, it’s still important that you have a professional cleaning done twice a year.

How Often are Dental Exams and Cleanings necessary?

We, as well as most dental professionals, recommend coming into our practice twice a year for both an exam and cleaning. With bi-annual appointments, we are able to monitor the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. If there is a problem, we can begin treatment early on when it is most effective and the least invasive. Our mission is to improve the health of your smile and prevent the need for more major treatment.

What Happens During your Dental Exam and Cleaning?

The exam is performed by Dr. Nicolette and involves checking the teeth for signs of dental decay, or cavities. We will create a treatment plan if you require fillings, root canals or other procedures. We check for signs of broken or cracked teeth as well as loose or missing restorations. We then check for clinical signs of oral cancer and will help in beginning treatment if lesions are found. The cleaning involves removing buildup from the surfaces of the teeth and checking the health of your gums. This allows us to see if you have either gingivitis or gum disease so that treatment can be started.

If you would like to come in for both a dental exam and cleaning, call our practice today to speak with one of our helpful office staff members.

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