Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to remaining in good oral health for life. We recommend visiting at least once every six months for your professional cleanings and exams. During your exam, our experienced dental hygienists will work with Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Gray to detect any existing dental issues you may have.
- Take digital x-rays of your teeth and mouth
- Examine your teeth for decay
- Remove calculus and plaque
- Polish your teeth
- Evaluate for periodontal (gum) disease
- Evaluate current dental restorations (including bridges, fillings)
- Check for oral cancer
Dental cleanings and exams are important even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, because many dental problems are not visible, painful, or bothersome until they have reached an advanced stage. For example, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer are not always seen or felt until a dentist spots them during a dental exam. If we spot these issues early, we can treat them while they’re still in a manageable stage.
In addition, your dental cleaning and exam will help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. At your appointment, feel free to ask any questions you have about how to care for your teeth and gums. We would be happy to demonstrate the proper cleaning techniques and recommend oral hygiene products. Additionally, don’t be afraid to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options, including whitening and straightening procedures like ClearCorrect, Lumineers, and bonding. If you wish to move forward with a cosmetic dentistry treatment, you can set up a consultation during your appointment.
Frequency of Appointments
Although most people can manage with two visits to the dentist each year, if you have a high risk of dental disease, you may be asked to visit Dr. Wilkinson every three to four months or so. High-risk patients include smokers, diabetics, people who currently have gum disease, people with a weak immune system, and people who have a tendency to develop cavities and plaque buildup. As you get older and your health and habits change, you may be asked to visit the dentist more or less frequently.
For a smooth and straightforward dental exam, focus on your oral health all year round. That way, you’ll feel confident as you head in to see Dr. Wilkinson.
Your dental routine should include brushing (at least twice a day) and flossing (at least once a day). It’s best, however, to brush and floss after every meal. Eat a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugary snacks, highly acidic foods, and drinks that can stain your teeth (like coffee and red wine). Avoid cigarettes and tobacco as well, as these can increase your risk of oral cancer, gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth decay. Finally, pay attention to your mouth and make note of any changes, such as swollen gums, chipped teeth, discoloration, sores, lesions, sensitivity, and pain.
Cleanings and Exams Testimonial
“I really did appreciate how nice and helpful everyone was to me. I felt like you treated me like royalty from the second I walked in the office. Dr. Wilkinson was so pleasant and informed me of some areas that I need to be aware to improve my dental health. I just loved your office!”
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