Dental cleaning and exam appointments are essential components of good oral hygiene. Most people should visit the dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and exam, but more frequent visits may be necessary for patients who are prone to cavities and gum disease.
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental appointment, contact our San Francisco dental team today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mina Levi. Our team does an excellent job of ensuring you feel as safe and comfortable as possible during your appointment. If you feel anxious or nervous, talk to our team about your concerns.
BENEFITS OF CLEANINGS AND EXAMS
Patients who are committed to attending cleaning and exam appointments are less likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and other serious oral health problems. They are also more likely to have a brighter, more beautiful smile. For patients who are prone to decay, disease, and oral cancer, dental check-ups enable the dentist to catch these issues in their earliest stages– saving you time and money down the road.
When oral health issues are detected early, minimally invasive and less expensive treatments are available. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to postpone or cancel your dental cleaning and exam appointment!
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ROUTINE DENTAL CLEANING?
Plaque and tartar buildup is inevitable. Unfortunately, these substances can’t be removed with a toothbrush, and if left on the teeth for too long, cavities and gum disease can develop. That’s why routine dental cleanings are so important.
Dentists and hygienists use special tools to gently remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and gum line. Here’s what happens during a dental cleaning:
- An examination of the cleanliness of the teeth and gums with a small mirror
- The removal of plaque and tartar
- Polishing the teeth with a gritty toothpaste to remove any lingering tartar
- Flossing between the teeth
- A fluoride rinse to get rid of any debris
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DENTAL EXAM?
Dental exams are important because they allow the dentist to inspect every area of your mouth, jawbone, TMJs, neck, palate, and lymph glands. She isn’t just concerned about your teeth!
Typically, a dental exam involves:
- Checking the gums for signs of periodontal disease
- Looking for loose teeth
- Examining the tongue
- Assessing other soft tissues like the cheeks, lips, and floor of the mouth
- Measuring your bite
- Looking for visible evidence of dental decay
- Checking for damaged fillings or other dental appliances
- Taking digital x-rays
- An oral cancer screening
There is so much that goes on inside of the mouth that only a dentist can detect. Decay and infection can develop for months before a person notices any symptoms, but a dentist can stop the development in the earliest stages.
PREVENTIVE TREATMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dr. Mina Levi is a trusted and compassionate dentist who treats patients of all ages. If you’re ready to get your oral health back on track, she is ready to get you there. Contact our team today at (415) 513-5066 to schedule your cleaning and exam appointment.