To keep your smile happy and healthy for a lifetime, we recommend regular cleanings, checkups, and X-rays. When you schedule your dental exams, our team is more equipped to evaluate potential cavities, diet issues, gum disease, and—if needed— develop a customized treatment plan for your specific needs. Regular cleanings every six months, whether you have natural teeth or artificial teeth, will help keep your mouth in optimal health so that you can confidently show off your smile for years to come.
With continued and careful monitoring of your oral health, we can catch and deter early signs of periodontal disease, or even see symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Signs and symptoms of these systemic diseases often show up in the mouth first.
Our dental exams include:
- Digital X-rays – to better view possible issues with your bone structure, teeth, and gums
- Periodontal exam – to check gums for redness, inflammation, and other evidence of gum disease
- Charting of existing restorations – to see what restorative work has been done in the past, and what is still needed
- Oral cancer screening and head and neck exam
- Fluoride treatment, if needed, and
- Oral Hygiene Instructions – to continue the recommended in-home treatment plan
What makes cleanings important?
Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease,” can lead to receding gums, tooth mobility, and tooth loss. Routine dental cleanings will decrease your risk of developing gum disease. During your cleaning, you can also address any questions or concerns you have about your teeth with our team.
What happens during a cleaning?
During your cleaning and exam, your dental hygienist will first review your chart and discuss your health history with you. This will help our team understand any underlying issues or problems you may be experiencing, and we can develop a treatment plan for all of your smile goals.
Your dental hygienist will then gently brush away plaque or tartar buildup from your teeth and gums. After tartar removal is finished, the hygienist will then polish your teeth to remove any stains with polishing paste. Radiographs or X-rays may be taken at your appointment for regular diagnostic purposes. After your cleaning, Dr. Eibling will inspect your mouth and may make additional suggestions to protect your teeth, as well as update your current treatment plan.