Maintaining a healthy smile requires more than brushing and flossing alone. Proper oral hygiene also requires seeing your dentist for regular dental exams and professional cleanings. Dental exams and professional cleanings are one of the most effective general dentistry treatments and can aid in preventing many oral health issues. Schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with Seattle dentist Mark Caggiano today.
A Dental Exam
During a typical dental exam, the teeth, gums, and oral tissues are assessed for signs of damage or general oral health issues. The teeth are specifically checked for decay, wear, and fractures. If you have dental restorations, like crowns, porcelain veneers, or dental bridges, they will be checked for any signs of damage. The gums are also evaluated for gum disease, and the tongue and mouth may be checked for abnormalities and indications of oral cancer. Though generally not taken during every dental exam, X-rays may be taken to determine jawbone and tooth root health. Dental exams should be performed every six months to catch any oral health issues at their earliest signs.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings are almost always performed the same day as the general dental exam. Professional cleanings are important to preventing plaque and tartar build-up, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. During a professional dental cleaning, a water pick or a dental scraping tool is used to gently remove any plaque or calcific tartar from the teeth. Sometimes both a water pick and scraping tool are used. Special attention is paid to cleaning at and below the gum line, in between the teeth, and the hard to reach back teeth. This process removes plaque and tartar build-up that brushing and flossing at home often miss. After the teeth are cleaned, they are flossed and polished to finish the cleaning treatment.
And Professional Cleanings
Dental exams and professional cleanings are important to maintaining a healthy smile. Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up and dental damage can go undetected. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings prevent damage but are also important for detecting issues early. Here are just a few reasons dental exams and professional cleanings are so important to oral health:
Reduce the risk of gum disease: When combined with proper at-home oral hygiene, regular dental exams and professional cleanings can reduce the risk of gum disease by preventing plaque and tartar build-up along the gum line.
Prevent tooth decay: Regular dental exams and professional cleanings can also prevent tooth decay when combined with proper brushing and flossing practices.
Catch dental issues early: With regular dental exams and cleanings, dental damage and other oral health issues can be detected at their earliest stages, making treatment easier and less costly.
It’s never too late to get your oral health on track. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Caggiano.