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. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
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
During your exam, Dr. Stevens will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. We may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. The images provided will help us discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Our dental hygienists will begin your cleaning appointment by completing an oral cancer screening. Next, they will perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Our hygienists will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then they will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride if needed. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam or cleaning, be sure to let our team know. We offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort.
If we find tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about all of your treatment options. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.