Dental Cleaning and Exams in Frederick MD
Preventing Dental Problems
The best way to prevent problems with your teeth and gums is with routine dental care. Brushing and flossing play a significant role in this dental health maintenance, as does visiting your dentist on a regular basis.
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months for a thorough check-up. This will keep your teeth and gums healthy and ensure you maintain your beautiful smile.
By visiting your dentist on a regular basis you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
The Dental Exam
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. They may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If your dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your dentist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
After the cleaning, you will receive instructions or recommendations regarding your brushing and flossing routine.
Then, you can head home, happy in the knowledge that you’ve taken care of an important part of your overall health and well-being.
Contact our Frederick dental office and make an appointment. We are here to help: (301) 846-0433