What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Keeping your teeth healthy and clean requires more than diligent brushing and flossing at home. In many cases, plaque will build upon different areas of the teeth, hardening into a chalky white substance known as tartar. The only safe way to remove tartar buildup is with a professional cleaning performed by a registered hygienist. Exams are necessary, as well, since they give us a view of your dental and oral health to prevent issues from getting worse.
Why are Dental Exams & Cleanings necessary?
Even with the best brushing habits, you can still benefit from a professional cleaning. Exams are just as necessary, since they can alert us of minor problems so that treatment is both easier and more effective. Cleanings help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay when done regularly. It is never too late to start taking better care of your smile with routine preventative treatment.
How often should you come in for Dental Exams & Cleanings?
We recommend coming in once every six months to keep up with your dental health. If you have children, try to get them in for their first appointments as soon as possible. If it is been a long time since your last cleaning, it is never too late to start loving your smile. We offer care in a judgement-free and relaxed manner.
What can you expect at a Dental Exam & Cleaning Appointments?
The appointment will begin with a professional cleaning. This is performed by a licensed registered dental hygienist who uses special instruments to clear away heavy tartar buildup and surface stains. Your teeth are then polished and carefully flossed before the gums are checked for signs of inflammation or infection. Once the cleaning has been completed, Dr. Galligan will come in to perform the exam. The exam allows us to check for signs of tooth decay, loose or broken restorations and even oral cancer. To make your future appointments easier, we will pre-schedule them before you leave the office.
If you think you might benefit from a cleaning and exam, contact us today so that one of our helpful staff members can further assist you.