Along with brushing and flossing every day, one of the key steps to maintaining good oral health is keeping regular appointments with your dentist at WellSmiles in Houston. It’s recommended that you receive a dental cleaning and exam twice a year (approximately every six months).
At WellSmiles, a routine dental exam consists of a thorough evaluation of the health of the teeth, gums, and mouth overall. Your dentist will first check for signs of plaque and cavities on the teeth, then check for signs of disease in the gums. An oral cancer screening can also be a part of a dental exam and x-rays are usually taken once a year.
Oral diseases can develop without presenting obvious symptoms, and thorough dental exams by a professional are integral in detecting issues in their early stages. Being able to treat these conditions before they progress is very helpful in restoring oral health.
The dental cleaning will follow the exam and is usually performed by a hygienist. First, plaque and tartar will be removed from the tooth surfaces up to the gum line and between the teeth. You will then have your teeth brushed with a high-powered electric toothbrush and special toothpaste that has a grittier consistency than one you would use at home. This toothpaste will more effectively scrub and polish the tooth surfaces and remove additional traces of tartar. Finally, your hygienist will floss your teeth. This step serves multiple purposes: it removes any remaining traces of tartar, alerts the hygienist of any problem areas in the gums where there is bleeding, and will provide you with a refresher on how to properly floss. The cleaning will end with a good rinse to flush out any debris.
Depending on your needs or preferences, you may also receive a fluoride treatment during your appointment. This procedure is helpful in protecting against tooth decay.
Your dentist will usually visit with you at the end of your appointment to discuss any problems that may have been detected or simply to encourage your continued oral hygiene routine.
Schedule an appointment at WellSmiles for an exam and cleaning. We are proud to help the patients of Houston maintain good oral health.