Cleanings and Exams
Good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your mouth happy and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. While these habits are important, they are only one part of the equation. Professional care is also needed to maintain optimal oral health. College Hill Dental can help you to keep your mouth healthy with cleanings and exams.
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day by the ADA guidelines, there are some areas of your mouth that are harder to maintain than others. If these areas are not properly cleaned, it can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria, which can then lead to cavities and gum disease.
The ADA recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. These two visits might not seem like much, but they are essential. Professional cleanings are performed to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the areas that you might not be able to thoroughly clean on your own. We are also able to remove all buildup from your teeth, including the most stubborn tartar, which cannot be removed no matter how well you brush.
Cleanings begin with a thorough scraping of your teeth. We work carefully to effectively scrape off even the hardest deposits. All of the visible surfaces of your teeth are cleaned, as are the areas around and just under your gum line. Next, your teeth are polished. This is done with an electric handpiece and dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that help to scrub your teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. Finally, your teeth are flossed. This is done to remove any debris stuck between your teeth as well as remove any debris and polish that may have accumulated during your cleaning.
Exams are also recommended at least twice a year by the ADA. Routine dental exams are crucial for the detection of different oral health issues. When many issues first begin, they often do not exhibit any symptoms. Because of this, you might think that your mouth is perfectly healthy. By the time you notice symptoms, the issue has grown worse. With routine dental exams, we can detect the earliest warning signs of many different issues. This allows us to provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health and prevent more serious complications from developing. Typically, the earlier the treatment is provided, the less invasive, and the less expensive, it is.
During your dental exams, we look over all of the structures in your mouth. We check your teeth for physical damage, decay, cavities, and wear. We look over your gums, checking for symptoms of gum disease such as redness, swelling, and gum recession. We also look over the other soft tissues in your mouth, checking for any unusual growths, lesions, or other abnormalities.
In addition to a visual exam of your mouth, X-rays are also an important part of your dental exams. These images allow us to take a look at the hidden areas of your mouth. We can examine the spaces between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. This allows us to get a full picture of your oral health so that we can provide you with the best possible care.
In conjunction with good oral hygiene practices at home, professional dental cleanings and exams are crucial for preventing serious complications from developing. For more information, and to schedule your next cleaning and exam, contact College Hill Dental today at (541) 485-0272.