Cleanings and Exams in Silver Spring, MD
At our office, our goal is to provide the highest quality dental care to you and your family and help you maintain good oral health. This includes regular cleanings and exams.
Importance of Cleanings and Exams
It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam twice a year (approximately every six months). Why is this schedule so important? You may think that you don’t need regular cleanings if you are diligent about brushing and flossing every day. However, even the best home dental care can leave behind traces of plaque and/or food debris that is potentially harmful to the teeth. This leftover debris can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist, so it is important to keep your dental appointments.
Another reason why it is important to visit the dentist regularly is to get a thorough exam. Oral diseases often do not present symptoms until they have progressed into a more advanced stage, at which point they are more difficult and more expensive to treat. A dentist can examine the teeth, gums, and mouth overall to check for signs of any developing issues, catching problems early to get them treated.
Cleanings are usually performed by a hygienist. First, traces of plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth surfaces using dental tools. Then, the teeth will be brushed with a special toothpaste and electric toothbrush. The toothpaste used at the dentist office is grittier in texture than store-bought toothpaste, so it cleans and polishes the teeth very well. The cleaning will end with flossing and a rinse.
The teeth and gums will be inspected for signs of decay or damage, and the development of oral diseases such as gum disease. Digital x-rays may be a part of the exam; they are normally taken once a year. An oral cancer screening may also be a part of the exam. Following the cleaning, your dentist will stop in to discuss any issues that may have come up and your oral health in general.
If you are due for a cleaning and exam, we hope to see you soon. Book an appointment today.