Exam & Cleaning
Most dental problems are preventable with regular home care and professional dental cleanings and exams. Problems such as periodontal disease can be prevented when calculus and tartar buildup around tooth surfaces and disease-causing bacteria are removed by a professional hygienist. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, and other diseases, which makes prevention extremely important.
Other dental procedures, like fillings, are much easier for you (and less expensive!) when they are treated before they get larger.
EVERY 6 MONTHS is adequate for patients with un-restored, un-crowded teeth with no susceptibility to gum disease and low risk of decay.
EVERY 3-4 MONTHS is recommended for patients with active periodontal (or “gum”) disease, excessive dry mouth, high risk of decay, or those under orthodontic care.
If the hygienist finds excessive buildup or signs of infection or disease (periodontal disease), multiple appointments or a referral to a periodontal specialist may be recommended.