Cleanings & Exams
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist twice a year for comprehensive exams and dental cleanings, and we agree. Staying current with these two basic services will go a long way toward keeping you out of the dental chair for more complicated treatment in the future.
The Dental Exam
The purpose of your dental exam at Flint River Dental is to visually inspect your teeth and identify any changes since your last visit. During exams at our Huntsville dental office, we will:
- Check teeth for signs of potential decay
- Screen gums and bone to look for abnormalities
- Screen for oral cancer
- Check for symptoms of periodontal disease
- If necessary, take x-rays using our safe digital radiography
Comprehensive exams provide us with a thorough assessment of your overall oral health. They’re crucial because checking your teeth regularly allows us to identify and note any potential problems that may develop in the future. Routine dental exams also allow us to build an oral history for you that will be a valuable tool in planning your ongoing treatment.
Professional Dental Cleanings
In spite of your best efforts during at-home oral hygiene, the only way to completely remove the buildup of plaque on your teeth is a professional dental cleaning by a trained hygienist.
At Flint River Dental, we continually stress the importance of prevention as the best defense you have for protecting your oral health. Oral hygiene is at the top of the list of prevention practices that virtually guarantee optimal oral health. Regular professional dental cleanings with a trained hygienist are the foundation upon which we build a smile that is healthy and beautiful.
Without treatment, gum disease can quickly wreak havoc on your healthy smile. If we don't find it in its early stages during cleaning appointments at our Huntsville dental office, gum disease will cause your teeth to loosen and eventually lead to tooth and bone loss; in fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults age 30 and over.
What Happens During a Professional Cleaning
Removal of plaque: The sticky film that forms on your teeth all day is called plaque. We need to remove plaque because it provides a home for bacteria to thrive. When you brush at home, you remove some of this plaque. But no matter how thoroughly you brush, you simply can’t get your brush into every tiny crevice where plaque collects.
Removal of tartar: If plaque is allowed to sit on your teeth, it hardens into a substance called tartar. You may also hear it referred to as calculus. Tartar is composed of mineral deposits that adhere to the surface of the tooth. It’s very important to remove these deposits because otherwise they can lead to inflamed gums, bad breath, and chronic gum disease.
Teeth polishing: The final step in your dental cleaning is to polish your teeth. This helps to remove surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling fresh and clean.
Please Contact Us for Your Next Appointment
Is it time for your next dental cleaning and exam? We’re open at 7 AM five days a week, making it easy to fit an appointment into your busy schedule. Please give us a call!