Cleanings & Exams
CleaningsWhile brushing and flossing are essential for eliminating plaque and bacteria, there are some areas of the teeth that are just harder to thoroughly clean than others. Even if you brush and floss every day, any type of accumulation can lead to a cavity or gum disease. To help further prevent the formation of oral health issues, we provide dental cleanings. It is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. These cleanings are designed to eliminate buildup from every surface of your teeth, including along and just below the gum line. We can effectively remove all buildup, including calcified plaque, known as tartar, which cannot otherwise be removed no matter how frequently you brush and floss.
Cleanings start with a scraping of your teeth. We scrape the front surfaces of your teeth, the backs, the chewing surfaces, and between the teeth. We also clean along the gum line and just below the tissue. After the teeth have been thoroughly scraped, we then move on to polishing. This is done using an electric handpiece, outfitted with a rotating head, and a dental polish that contains abrasives. The abrasives scrub the surfaces of your teeth, polishing them to a beautiful shine. Additionally, polishing can help to eliminate some surface stains, which helps to brighten your smile as well. The last step of your cleaning is flossing. We floss between your teeth to remove debris you may have missed as we as to remove debris and polish that has accumulated during the procedure. If necessary, a fluoride treatment may be provided.
ExamsEven with proper oral care, issues can still occur. One of the biggest problems, however, is that many oral health issues do not exhibit noticeable symptoms in the beginning stages. By the time you start to notice that anything is wrong, the issue has progressed into something more severe, often requiring more invasive, more costly, procedures.
Dental exams are recommended twice a year as well and are usually done following your regular cleanings. The goal of exams is to spot oral health issues in their earliest stages before they become significant. With early detection, we can provide the least invasive, least costly procedures possible to give you your life back. During a dental exam, we look over the visible structures in your mouth, checking your teeth and your gums. We look for signs of tooth damage such as decay, cavities, cracks, and chips. We look over your gums for symptoms of gum disease, including redness, swelling, and gum recession. We also take a quick look at the soft tissues in your mouth to check for abnormal growth. X-rays are another important part of dental exams, though not taken during every exam. X-rays help us to see between your teeth, the tooth roots, the jawbone, the presence of infections, impacted teeth, and more.
When combined with daily oral hygiene practices, cleanings and exams can help you to prevent serious oral health issues, allowing you to maintain optimal oral health. To schedule your next cleaning and exam, call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today.