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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Scott at your first dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, she and our hygienist will also perform the following procedures:

  • Examination of Diagnostic X-Rays (Radiographs): This is essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of Existing Restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of Calculus (Tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for a while and is firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produces toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth Polishing: Removal of stains and plaque that are not removed during tooth brushing and scaling.