Everything About Dental Exams And Teeth Cleanings

Posted by SEATTLE DENTAL CARE Jul 27, 2022

Dental Exams

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.

Routine Dental Cleanings

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.

How Often Do I Need A Dental Examination And Cleaning?

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.

How Can I Make My Dentist Appointments More Pleasant?

  • Arrive on time: This shows your dentist that you are serious about your oral health, which goes a long way toward earning his or her trust.
  • Communicate: Let your dentist know if you are nervous or in pain. He or she may be able to suggest solutions to help reduce your discomfort.
  • Be respectful: Your dentist is a highly trained professional who spent years at school and in training in order to learn how to care for your smile. He or she deserves your respect in every possible way, including how you speak to him or her.
  • Follow all instructions: Your dentist wants you to enjoy a healthy smile, and he or she knows what it takes to make that happen.

How Can I Take Care of My Teeth Between Visits?

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. 

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