Check Ups & Cleanings
Dental Check-ups: Exam, Regular Dental Cleaning, And X-Rays
The best possible way to avoid dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, dental pain and other emergencies is to prevent them in the first place. A great at-home oral hygiene routine, plus visits to see your dentist for regular check-ups and dental cleanings every 6 months is an unbeatable combination in prevention.
What Are Regular Dental Cleanings?
Regular dental cleanings usually go hand in hand with dental check-ups and a comprehensive oral exam or a regular (recall) evaluation. Once the exam has been completed, unless your dentist has diagnosed gum disease, the dentist or hygienist will perform a regular cleaning. For individuals with gum disease, your dentist will recommend a deep cleaning to treat the issue and allow your mouth to heal.
During the first part of your regular cleaning, your dental professional will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove debris, calculus, and plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line. If you need a break or experience any sensitivity, please let your dental professional know, so they can adjust settings to make you more comfortable. If needed, they may use a hand scaler as well.
When this portion of the cleaning is done, a hygienist will follow up with polishing, using a special paste, and will polish each tooth one by one. Afterwards, they will floss your teeth using dental floss, and may make recommendations or suggestions about proper flossing technique.