Education & Resources
We are convinced the better you understand your own dental health, the better you will be at maintaining it and the better dental health decisions you will be able to make.
Below are various topics of short, helpful descriptions regarding treatments, procedures and general oral health for your education! For more information, please email us. We'd love to hear from you!
Cleanings & Regular Check-Ups
Dental Exams and Cleaning
Cleanings and regular check-ups are crucial for a beautiful and healthy smile. Starting in childhood, everyone should visit their dentist every six months, or twice a year, for a cleaning and check-up.
- Visual inspection of the soft tissue inside the mouth, including a check for lesions and signs of oral cancer.
- Periodontal screening, which may include a measurement of the space between the teeth and gums for signs of gum disease.
- Examination of a patient’s bite, which may indicate a need for braces.
- Visual inspection for signs of tooth decay. This may include the use of specialized tools that can help a dentist identify the presence of cavities.
- Feeling the head and neck area, including the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), for signs of infection, disease or other problems.
- Dental x-rays, to identify any hidden signs of decay or disease. The frequency of x-rays depends on a patient’s dental history and risk of tooth decay.
- Dental cleanings, usually performed by a dental hygienist who cleans and polishes the teeth, and may apply a fluoride treatment.
A regular check-up and cleaning involves a thorough, professional cleaning. We can clean your teeth more thoroughly than you can at home, and can remove plaque and tartar. Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, regular cleanings are still essential to help prevent cavities and gum disease. At your check-up, your dentist will also evaluate your oral health and ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. This is essential, since your dentist can detect and treat early signs of gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. If you wait to see your dentist, you may face more complications and costlier treatments, so you will want to visit your dentist at least twice a year.