Before the exam, the dentist will ask about the patient’s medical history, current medications, and any dental issues the patient is experiencing. During the exam, the dentist will inspect teeth for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other common dental problems. X-rays will be taken to check the roots of teeth and the bone that supports the teeth. The patient may also be asked to bite down on a tray filled with dental putty to create an imprint of teeth. The dentist will use this imprint to check for bite alignment and signs of bruxism or teeth grinding.
Your dental cleaning will be performed by one of our skilled dental hygienists. This cleaning will remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and along the gum line. We will also floss the teeth to remove any debris. Your dental hygienist will also provide tips for you for at-home brushing and flossing.
Most dental exams and cleanings happen every six months, although some people may need them more often. Your dentist will examine your teeth and then decide if you need a cleaning.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. It’s also essential that you see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. These visits are essential for preventing cavities and gum disease.
To learn more about our dental services, call us at (206) 728-1330 or schedule an appointment online.