General Dentistry

What should I expect at my cleaning and exam consultation?

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Your cleaning and consultation will consist of a visual examination of the teeth and gums to evaluate for the presence of any disease, which includes an oral cancer screening. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may also require X-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. You’ll also consult with your dentist about any oral health problems you may have been having or questions that you may have. The cleaning will follow, during which a dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove any hardened plaque from your teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished before your dentist discusses any treatment recommendations he may have for you.

Preventative care is a foundation of dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings, examinations, and consultations for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential problems that patients are not yet able to see or feel. When you maintain regular preventative dental appointments, you can help to prevent decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe.  These are just some of the services we offer, and depending upon your needs we may need to collaborate with great specialists who are experts in their respective fields.