Why is it important to have consistent teeth cleanings and checkups?

Routine checkups are an essential part of proper oral hygiene. Some of the benefits of regular teeth cleanings include:

  • Healthier bones and gums
  • Longer lasting teeth
  • Early detection and treatment of cancer and other oral health conditions
  • Beautiful, healthy smiles
  • Prevent gum infection and bad breath
  • Avoid possible negative effects on cardiovascular well-being and overall health

What to Expect at Your First Cleaning appointment

A woman receiving a dental check up after her teeth cleaningOur cleaning appointments are about an hour long. We take pride in getting to know each of our patients, tailoring treatments to the health needs and goals of every individual. Here’s what to expect the first time you come to our office:

  • Dental History—A hygienist will gather dental and medical histories so that we have a clear picture of your current health
  • Digital X-rays—We take digital x-rays as diagnostic material for your comprehensive oral exam. If you have had x-rays taken within the last 12 months, please have them sent to our office
  • Oral Screening and Teeth Exams—After we perform an oral cancer/lesion screening for symptoms of cancer and other illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, we examine your teeth for decay
  • Gum Evaluation and teeth cleaning—Our hygienist will evaluate your gums, measuring periodontal pockets with a probe, and clean your teeth by identifying and removing areas of tartar, plaque, and calculus

Are there different kinds of teeth cleanings?

The procedures that are sometimes called “cleanings” are actually periodontal treatments:

  • Full Mouth Debridement—a pre-cleaning for those with severe calculus build up
  • Scaling and Root Planing—a deep cleaning for those with early stages of gum disease
  • Perio Maintenance—a periodontal cleaning for those with a history of gum disease