Cleanings and Prevention
At regular check-up visits, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:.
- Examination of existing dental work: Check the stability of current fillings, crowns, etc.
- Examination of x-rays: Used in the detection of decay, infections, bone loss, etc.
- Oral cancer screening: Visual examination of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheeks, and gums as well as an examination with our VELscope®, which is a special light used to highlight any areas of concern.
- Gum disease evaluation: Examination of the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of gingivitis/periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments and/or the cavity detecting laser.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth. This film is made up of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria, if not properly cleaned off, will inflame the gums.
- Removal of calculus: Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with our special dental instruments. If the calculus is left on the tooth for a long period of time, it will cause periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.