The Academy of General Dentistry suggests checkups for people of all ages, twice per year.
Regular dental exams help you maintain healthy teeth and gums while also allowing the Perfect Smile team to identify concerns early. Proactive, preventative solutions will always save you time and money in the long run!
During your exam, you can expect:
Tartar and plaque removal
Plaque is a film that forms on your teeth, which is filled with cavity-causing bacteria. Professional cleaning removes the plaque from hard-to-reach places. When you don’t remove plaque regularly, it builds up and creates tartar, hardened deposits that form above and below your gum line. A dental hygienist removes these buildups with specialized equipment.
Polishing and cleaning
After a hygienist removes your plaque and tartar, he or she uses special equipment to thoroughly clean your teeth, getting to places that normal brushing and flossing can’t reach. This cleaning removes hard-to-tackle staining too. Once your teeth are clean, the hygienist gives them a super polish for a cleaner, brighter smile.
In addition to the cleaning, Dr. Davis may perform a general dental exam to check the health of your teeth and gums, concentrating on areas where the hygienist noted potential problems. This exam may also include digital X-rays, lasers and photos to examine your teeth, gums and bone for signs of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss as well as for tooth and root positions. Your gums will be checked for signs of disease and existing crowns and fillings will be evaluated.
All findings will be presented to you as well as the doctor’s opinion and best recommendations for your treatment if needed.
At Perfect Smile, we recommend a dental cleaning two-to-four times per year.