We have access to tools and equipment that are extremely specialized and can reach all the hard to see nooks and crannies in your mouth. It’s easy to get into a brushing and flossing routine that overlooks certain areas of your mouth because they are hard to get to and regular six month visits to us for dental cleanings and exams allows us to give you better insight into how to best take care of your teeth and gums.
What to ExpectWhen you come to us to have your regular cleaning you can expect a thorough cleaning from our highly trained staff using specialized tools and equipment. The first step in the process of ensuring your teeth are sparkling and clean I the removal of plaque that has built up over time. Plaque can cause all forms of gum disease and lead to cavities and tooth decay so it is important that we remove as much as we can from your teeth. Plaque is essentially made of bacteria and can be prolific in hard to reach areas of the mouth.
Once the plaque is removed from the tooth the next step is to remove the tartar. To remove tartar we use a tool called a scaler and gently scrape it from your teeth. Tartar, which is essentially plaque that has hardened on the tooth, can really only be removed by a dental professional. Tartar has a tendency to build up in areas that are had to reach with a toothbrush or floss and can even be present under the gum line, which is why it is so important to have a regular check-up with us.
Once your teeth are free of plaque and tartar we will polish them to ensure a few things. Polishing teeth gets rid of pesky stains and marks on the enamel of your teeth. This helps to whiten your smile. Polishing your teeth also helps to promote stronger, healthier teeth.
Ensuring Your Continued Oral HealthJust like every part of your body, it is important to have your mouth regularly checked by a medical professional. During your routine visits to our office we scan your mouth for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. The signs and symptoms of these issues are frequently hard to detect and often require immediate attention from a professional. Things like cysts, tumors and interior tooth decay can be hidden to the untrained eye and sometime require the use of specialized tools to detect. We will always check for issues and promise to keep you abreast of anything we find.
We now have access to technologies such as DEXIS CariVu which makes finding cavities easier and less invasive, and digital X-rays which is also less invasive and quicker/more convenient than traditional X-rays. With the help of these tools we can provide you with a convenient and cost effective option to most general cleaning and examination procedures.
If you need to schedule an appointment with us to ensure you don’t fall behind on your routine cleanings and exams then feel free to give us a call at (425) 405-6400 and we will be happy to get you on the calendar now!