Checkups & Dental Cleanings
Having a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health. It’s strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months. This professional dental cleaning reinforces the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
Patients who regularly practice good oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing methods typically don’t experience discomfort during a cleaning. However, patients who have ignored good oral hygiene may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity during a dental cleaning.
During a dental cleaning, you’ll receive diagnostic and preventive services from your dentist as well as educational information.
Diagnostic dental services may include:
- Updating your recent medical history
- Oral cancer examination
- Evaluation of gum tissue
- Checking bite and chewing patterns
- Review of additional treatments that may be needed
Preventive dental services may include:
- Removal of plaque and tartar
- Stain removal
- Fluoride treatment
- Teeth polishing
- Fillings and crowns
- Denture maintenance
Dental sealants prevent decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth. Dental sealant procedures are very common and are generally used on children. However, many adults can benefit from dental sealants as well. The sealant effectively seals the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the valleys and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Dental sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.