Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings
What are Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings?
A dental exam as well as a professional cleaning are both done as part of your preventative care regimen. We recommend having an exam and cleaning done once every six months. This helps us to both keep your teeth as clean as possible as well as keep an eye out for problems involving cavities, loose restorations and other intra-oral conditions. Dr. Adkins is here to provide a comprehensive examination in our welcoming, family-friendly office.
Why are Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings needed?
A cleaning is specifically done to remove hardened plaque and buildup from the teeth. Over time and even with the best brushing techniques, plaque can harden on different surfaces of the teeth, making it impossible to remove without the help of a hygienist. The hygienist will then measure the gum pockets around each tooth to identify signs of gum disease or gingivitis. Dr. Adkins will then perform an exam to look for cavities, loose restorations, intra-oral problems and oral cancer.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings?
Every single one of our patients, both new and existing, are good candidates for preventative care. Preventative care helps in keeping problems from starting in the first place and providing treatment at the onset of an issue. We provide a family-friendly environment for all of your loved ones. This allows you and your family to feel comfortable coming to us for your care and treatment.
What can be expected during Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings?
The first step of your preventative care appointment is the cleaning. The cleaning involves removing plaque, tartar and buildup from the teeth using specialized tools that the hygienist is trained to use. The hygienist then checks the health of your gums and will let you know if gingivitis or gum disease is present. Dr. Adkins will then come into the room and perform an exam. The examination helps us to identify issues with cavities, restorations and other problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible. We will schedule you for another appointment if additional treatment is needed.
If you need an exam and a cleaning, call our office and our helpful staff members can schedule an appointment for you to come in.