Dental Exams and Cleanings

What are Dental Exams and Cleanings?

Routine dental exams and cleanings are important for maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. It is important for adults and children to visit the dentist twice a year for preventative care with a cleaning and an exam. A dental exam and cleaning can prevent larger problems from becoming worse and are meant to retain the health of your mouth.

Why do you need Dental Exams and Cleanings?

Even with the best at-home care, dental exams and cleanings are still necessary. Tartar and plaque buildup can accumulate on all surfaces of the teeth over time, increasing the likelihood of developing gingivitis. Cleanings help to eradicate this bacteria to maintain a healthier mouth. A dental exam and cleaning are not only preventative in getting rid of plaque but can also prevent larger problems from becoming worse. Some of the things that an exam looks for include:

  • Decay
  • Signs of loose fillings, crowns and bridge work
  • Oral cancer
  • Broken, fractured or chipped teeth

What makes you a good candidate for Dental Exams and Cleanings?

Every child and adult are good candidates for dental exams and cleanings. In fact, children should go to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes up through the gums. By helping your child at home, and coming to regular dental checkups, it can leave the child with good lifelong oral hygiene practices. Even patients who wear full dentures should be coming into the office for routine examinations. By keeping up with your oral health and hygiene, you will maintain a healthy smile that you can feel proud to show off.

What happens during the procedure for Dental Exams and Cleanings?

We can pre-schedule your bi-annual appointments for you to make it easier and more convenient to visit us for a dental cleaning and exam. First, you will receive x-rays which will help with diagnosing any underlying problems you may have. Next, you will receive a full dental cleaning done by a hygienist. The hygienist will get rid of any excess plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your teeth that normal brushing and flossing cannot reach. Then your teeth will be cleaned and polished to provide you with a brighter smile. After the cleaning is finished, Dr. Rejintala will come in and perform a comprehensive examination. The exam will check for signs of decay, loose fillings and crowns as well as a variety of other problems. It is important to always make time for your dental care twice a year.

If you think you need a dental exam and cleaning, contact us today so that we can help schedule an appointment to better assist you.