Why Are Cleanings & Exams Important?
In many cases, even the most dedicated at-home care cannot prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas of your smile. Your dental team can perform a comprehensive cleaning to eliminate any buildup that has occurred since your last visit to the dentist.
Regular cleanings and exams can provide benefits far beyond a beautiful and healthy smile. Oral health issues such as gum disease have been linked to serious health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, making early detection and treatment very important to your overall health.
Establishing regular care with a reputable dental practice is a simple way to protect your health and save yourself considerable expense over time.
What Can I Expect during a Checkup?
During each visit, we will provide a combination of services to assess your oral health and remove plaque and tartar:
The hygienist will use a scaling instrument that gently eliminates tartar and plaque from the tooth surfaces and gum line. Your teeth will then be polished with an electric brush and a special toothpaste. Finally, the hygienist will floss your teeth. Some patients may elect to receive a fluoride treatment as an added level of protection against decay.
Based on the areas in which buildup occur, your hygienist can also provide suggestions for improving your brushing and flossing techniques. The hygienist can also recommend the best types of oral hygiene products to help you maintain the cleanest and healthiest smile possible between checkups.
We will take digital X-rays of your smile to evaluate the health of your teeth and jaws. Many oral health issues do not present symptoms that are visible at a glance. Digital x-rays allow us to examine your smile beyond the surface of the teeth and gums so we can quickly identify any issues and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. You may also receive an exam of your head, neck, and jaw for any indications of health issues. The dentist may also perform an oral cancer screening, which involves identifying any tissue irregularities in and around the mouth.
Schedule Your Dental Checkup Today
Establishing regular care with a reputable dental practice is a simple way to protect your health and save yourself considerable expense over time. The dentists and hygienists at Ridgewood Dental can address oral health concerns before they become serious. If it has been more than six months since your last dental checkup, call our office at (201) 652-2474, or send us a message online to schedule your appointment.