Cleanings & Prevention
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress and recurrence of dental disease.
Prevention of dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a beautiful, comfortable and healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
A comprehensive exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and dental hygienists will complete the following:
- Examination of Diagnostic Digital Radiographs(x-rays): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of Periodontal disease.
- Decay Exam and State of Existing Dentistry: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay and all existing dentistry will be evaluated.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our licensed Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH). Your cleaning appointment will include your dental exam and the following:
- Removal of Calculus(tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is firmly attached to the root and tooth surface. Our Hygienists are very skilled at removing this substance throughly and painlessly.
- Removal of Plaque: Plaque is the sticky white film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produces toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of Periodontal disease.
- Teeth Polishing: Our Hygienists will remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.