Cleanings and Exams

The dental cleanings you receive from our office differ from your at-home routine of flossing and brushing. During your cleaning, you will receive:

  • Plaque removal to prevent periodontal disease and inflammation of the gums
  • Calculus or tartar (formed from plaque) removal to prevent gingivitis
  • Teeth polishing to remove excess plaque and stains

It is important to have your teeth cleaned regularly. Only a professional dental team using specialized instruments and ultrasonic tools can effectively remove plaque and calculus.

Dental exams are performed in conjunction with your regularly scheduled appointments. All regular check-ups will include:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): We will examine your dental X-rays to determine the positions of your teeth and roots, and to help us detect possible decay, bone loss, cysts, or tumors.
  • Gum disease evaluation: By searching the bone and gums around your teeth, we will determine if there are any signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Oral cancer screening: During your exam, we will also look closely at the neck, face, tongue, lips, tissues, throat, and gums for signs of oral cancer.
  • Tooth decay examination: Part of your exam will involve thoroughly investigating the surfaces of all your teeth with specialized instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: We will examine your current crowns, fillings, bridges, etc., to determine if they are still in good shape.

Schedule a dental appointment with Smiles by Bigelow soon to receive a thorough exam and maintain your dental health!