Dental exams and cleanings are routine dental procedures that help maintain good oral health and prevent dental problems. General dentists or dental hygienists typically perform them and involve a thorough oral health assessment and professional cleaning of the teeth and gums. For more information, visit Lutke Dental.
An exam is a simple, non-invasive appointment that allows your dentist to evaluate the health of your mouth. During the appointment, we’ll look at your teeth for signs of damage or decay and your gums to check for gum disease. We’ll also perform an oral cancer screening, which can help you to catch the warning signs of a severe condition as early as possible. Both adults and children should receive at least one checkup and cleaning every six months. During your exams and cleanings, we will remove plaque buildup that can cause cavities or gingivitis. We will also thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any excess bacteria that has built up along the gum line.
During your routine cleaning appointment, your hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and other oral diseases. Plaque is a sticky substance on teeth when bacteria mix with saliva and food debris. Routine cleaning also removes the stains that can form on the tooth enamel.
After your teeth and gums are healthy and clean, your dentist or dental hygienist will polish your smile to keep your teeth looking bright, white, and beautiful. Polishing removes surface stains caused by foods, drinks, tobacco, medications, and more. Your dentist may also recommend specific toothpaste or mouthwashes to help remove tough stains so your teeth remain sparkling clean.
The Benefits of Dental Exams and Cleanings
Early Detection of Dental Problems
Regular dental exams help identify dental issues early, allowing for prompt treatment and prevention of further damage.
Prevention of Gum Disease
Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, which helps prevent gum disease and reduces tooth loss risk.
Oral Cancer Detection
Dental exams often include oral cancer screenings, enabling early detection and intervention if any abnormalities or signs of oral cancer are detected.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
Dental cleanings remove stains and plaque buildup, helping to maintain a healthy and attractive smile.
Personalized Oral Health Recommendations
Dentists provide individualized advice on oral hygiene practices, diet, and lifestyle factors to maintain optimal oral health.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended every six months for most individuals, but the frequency may vary based on an individual's oral health needs. To schedule your next examination and professional cleaning, visit Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141. We’ll be happy to work with you to find an appointment time that works for you.