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Cleanings and Oral Exams

Dr. Bailey always says, “Dentistry isn’t expensive, but neglect is”. This definitely rings true when it comes to preventive dentistry. Through regular cleanings and oral exams, we can find small cavities before they grow and cause big problems such as root canals or even the loss of the tooth. During a cleaning tartar and plaque is removed from the teeth especially in places where your floss and toothbrush don’t reach. This can prevent gingivitis which may eventually lead to periodontal disease. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and exam at least every 6 months for healthy patients and every 3 months for patients with active gum disease.

What will happen during the appointment?

At your first appointment we will do a thorough exam. We will take a panorex–a large x-Ray of your mouth that shows the jaw and sinus cavity–, X-rays, cancer screening and we will thoroughly examine and discuss what we see in your mouth. We will make recommendations based on what we see and offer a treatment plan. You will have a gentle cleaning by our hygienist. You will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your oral health.

Why do I need to see the dentist every 6 months?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that individuals with a healthy mouth see the dentist every 6 months. This allows us to catch any small problems before they become unsightly or painful. Plaque and tartar will build up in places that your toothbrush cannot reach. This will cause problems first cavities and/or gum disease. This will only get worse without the proper treatment. If you have active gum disease the ADA it is recommended that you see the dentist every 3 months.

How can I improve my oral hygiene?

Brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day–once in the morning and once at night. Brush applying a light amount of pressure and in circular motions. Brush all four quadrants taking special care to get all the surfaces of your teeth and even your gums. Don’t forget to get to brush your tongue too as bacteria can be harbored on the tongue. Try to steer clear of sugary and acidic foods and drinks and carbonated beverages as much as possible. Most importantly visit the dentist regularly so that you can get a cleaning and exam.