Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing Problems
Before They Start

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important for the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and preventive maintenance visit is essential.

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit us at a frequency tailored to accommodate your current health status and ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile remains beautiful.

By routinely seeing Dr. Day for exams and preventive maintenance, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in our office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

During your exam, Dr. Day will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. We may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. These digital X-rays will help Dr. Day discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Preventive Maintenance Visits

A dental hygienist will begin by reviewing your dental and medical history and obtaining your blood pressure. The hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.  The dental hygienist will also explore the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings.

Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. The hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.

Preventive maintenance visits are usually comfortable, but if you have any anxiety about your preventive maintenance visit, be sure to let your hygienist know. She may offer several anti-anxiety options to ensure your comfort.

If Dr. Day or the hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about the underlying causes, which may include nutrition, eating habits, and brushing or flossing practices. When necessary, we may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.

If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, our office will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.

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