Why are dental cleanings necessary?
A professional teeth cleaning removes harmful plaque, calculus, and bacteria that otherwise can not be removed with home care. With special dental tools, a registered dental hygienists will gently remove build-up that naturally gathers on your teeth over time.
Visiting the dentist every six months for a regular cleaning will help you prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, or other dental issues. You may have gingivitis if you have red, mildly swollen gums or gums that bleed when brushing and flossing.
A regular teeth cleaning and exam will make it possible for your dentist to catch potential dental issues before they get worse or become major problems. With preventative care such as cleanings and exams, you can avoid problems that cause pain and a higher hit to your wallet. For example, a dentist can catch gingivitis before it becomes periodontal disease or a cavity.
We understand that saving on dental bills is a high priority for our patients. To achieve this, we recommend that you come in for regular cleanings and exams. We also recommend that you follow a good oral hygiene routine at home.
For patients with periodontal disease, we recommend you visit our office for periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3-4 months instead of the standard six-month time frame.
Why are teeth cleanings important?
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Professional Teeth Cleaning
One of our registered dental hygienists will perform your teeth cleaning. Special dental tools are used to clean build-up from your teeth that a toothbrush and floss miss.
Along with an exam, your professional teeth cleaning appointment will consist of the following:
- Calculus Removal:
Plaque that has been allowed to harden is called calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing alone, so dental tools are needed to remove it. Calculus can form above as well as below the gum line.
- Plaque Removal:
Sticky plaque forms on the teeth and is a breeding ground for bacteria. If not removed along with calculus, it can cause gum inflammation which can lead to periodontal disease. Plaque that sits on teeth can also react with your saliva and foods you eat and turn into an acid that eats away at your enamel, causing a cavity.
- Polished Teeth:
Your hygienist will polish your teeth using a polish and special toothpaste to remove stains and any plaque that may not have been removed earlier in the cleaning process.
If you have more question regarding a dental cleaning or exam, please feel free to contact us.
Most dental insurances cover a regular teeth cleaning and exam at 100%. Because of this, regular exams are the least expensive dental treatment! A comprehensive exam will be performed by one of our dentists at your first appointment, followed by a regular check-up at your biannual teeth cleaning appointments.
An examination by your hygienist and your dentist will consist of the following:
Evaluation of X-Rays (dental radiographs)
At Northstar Dental, a hygienist and dentist will go over x-rays taken to determine if there is tumors, cysts, decay, or bone loss present. An x-ray will also identify the position of the teeth roots which can be valuable when diagnosing certain conditions or when determining teeth that need to be extracted.
Screening for Oral Cancer
Your dentist will examine multiple areas in and around the mouth to check for any signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will investigate the throat, face, neck, lips, tongue, tissues, and gums.
Check for Periodontal Disease
Your hygienist will use a special tool to evaluate the gums and bone around each tooth. This will determine if there are any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
Check for Tooth Decay
In addition to evaluating your x-rays for cavities, your doctor and hygienist will also check the surface of each tooth individually to see if any decay is present.
Examine Previous Dental Work
Your dentist will check all existing dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, fillings, etc. to make sure no decay or cracks are present in or around the restoration. They will give recommendations based on what they find.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like more information about dental exams, contact us at Northstar Dental. We would love to assist you with your dental needs!
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