Regular dental exams and cleanings are the most frequent reasons that most people visit the dentist. The routine visits help us keep a close eye on the state of your oral health, as well as regularly clean the bacteria-rich plaque and tartar that cling to your teeth. Each visit typically last less than an hour, and your dentist will discuss the results of your exam and plan for further treatment, if necessary.
During a dental examination, your dentist will perform a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues, and will use digital imaging equipment to detect possible trouble. Digital X-rays produce high-quality images of your oral structures, and the innovative DIAGNOdent system can detect high risks of cavity development, sometimes before the cavity even develops! Early detection and treatment can help you avoid the need for restorative dental treatments, like tooth fillings or root canal therapy.
A regular dental cleaning involves professionally removing films of plaque and tartar (or calcified plaque) from the surfaces of your teeth. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed with your toothbrush and floss. Instead, it will remain on your teeth, protecting oral bacteria as they produce substances that attack your teeth and gums. Routine cleanings help prevent dental damage and infection by removing excessive amounts of oral bacteria.