A cleaning and exam is performed to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. You can think of both procedures as preventative care.
What are Cleanings and Exams?
A cleaning and exam is performed to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. You can think of both procedures as preventative care. The cleaning is done by our licensed hygienist, who works to remove built-up tartar and plaque from the teeth. The exam is performed by Dr. Bright as a way to check for cavities, intra-oral problems and even oral cancer.
Why are Cleanings and Exams needed?
Over time and even with the best hygiene, plaque begins to build up and harden on the surface of your teeth. This buildup is called calculus and is impossible to remove without the help of a licensed hygienist. The hygienist will examine the health of your gums, checking for any sign of both gingivitis and gum disease. Dr. Bright’s job is to check the health of both your teeth and mouth, and will create a personalized treatment plan as needed.
How often are Cleanings and Exams necessary?
We often recommend a basic professional cleaning and exam twice a year. This allows us to both remove that hardened buildup on your teeth while also keeping an eye on the health of your teeth and mouth. If you have other concerns, like gum disease, you may need to come in more often for care. We can consult with you to determine the best type of preventative care regimen that’s right for you.
What might you expect during a Cleaning and Exam?
The first part of your bi-annual appointment involves a professional cleaning. Our licensed dental hygienist will work to remove hardened buildup from your teeth. The hygienist then checks the health of your gums by measuring the small gum pockets around each tooth. If you have gingivitis or gum disease, we may recommend additional treatment to retain the health of your mouth. Dr. Bright will then come in and perform a dental examination. The exam involves looking for decay, or cavities, as well as other intra-oral problems that may otherwise go unnoticed.
If you are in need of a professional cleaning and dental exam, we are here to take your call and schedule you for a convenient appointment.