Checkups & Cleanings
We commonly hear dental hygienists talk about the importance of checkups and cleanings, but how do these procedures assist with cavity prevention and oral hygiene?
A checkup is a comprehensive look at your oral health so that we can determine whether we need to do anything to help. When performing these routine procedures, the doctor will first take a look at oral hygiene with the naked eye before following up with X-rays and photography. If he finds cavities or demineralization, the precursor to cavities, Our dentists may recommend intervention. We’ll also assess for fractures and chips, faulty dental work, failing teeth, and shifting teeth. If you experience pain in your jaw, head, or mouth, let us know! Often times, misaligned jaw joints cause headaches that may be relieved with an oral appliance. Our dentists can also address snoring and sleep apnea, teeth grinding, and cosmetic dental problems. All you have to do is ask.
Cleanings typically involve more time-consuming procedures. A dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Plaque and tartar not only cause bad breath, but they can lead to gum disease, a major cause of adult tooth loss and a condition associated with serious systemic health risks. The hygienist will also measure the depth of space between your teeth and gums. A space over 3mm indicates gum disease, in which case she’ll recommend a deep cleaning to be scheduled separately. If you have questions about flossing, brushing, or which products are best suited for your oral health, the hygienist will be happy to help you.
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