You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though we may recommend more frequent visits.

Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities.  Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.  These include:

  • Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses gives us insight into your overall health, which affects your dental health.
  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X -rays also help verify tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and gum tissues for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Detection of tooth decay: Besides examining X-rays, all tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special instruments.
  • Examining of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, etc. will be checked
  • Removal of calculus (tartar): When plaque is left on the teeth for some time, it becomes mineralized and firmly attached to the tooth surface, and is called calculus.  It forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, whitish film that forms on the teeth.  It is composed of living bacteria, food, debris and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric toothbrushes (we prefer the Sonicare toothbrush), special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
  • Application of fluoride: Children and some adults with special conditions (high decay rate, dry mouth, moderate to severe root exposure, etc) receive a fluoride application after their cleaning.
  • Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.  When called for, we make nutritional recommendations to improve your oral health.