Regular dental cleanings and examinations by our Berger Family Dental team is critically important to the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. The American Dental Association recommends getting your teeth cleaned every six months and we agree with this suggestion. Another key benefit of this preventative measure is that it addresses any oral health concerns at an early stage when it is less invasive and less costly to treat.
What is a regular cleaning?
A regular cleaning, also known as a hygiene exam or prophylaxis, is performed by a Dental Hygienist and involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth. Removing plaque is essential to help prevent gingivitis, cavities and periodontal disease. Dr. Berger will also check for cavities and other health concerns, clean stains, floss and polish your teeth.
Why should I get regular cleanings?
There are many advantages to having your teeth cleaned and your mouth examined consistently. It provides Dr. Berger and his team the opportunity to look for signs of oral cancer and gum disease—two conditions that have a good chance of successfully being treated when detected early. X-rays of your teeth and jaw bone will be taken to enable Dr. Berger to see areas beneath the surface of the teeth.
Why should I have my teeth cleaned every six months?
Regular cleanings are necessary to remove the harmful bacteria inherent in plaque that causes cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. If plaque is not professionally removed it will harden and turn into what is called, tartar, which is even more difficult for a dental hygienist to dislodge. The bottom line is, regular dental cleanings are key to maintain healthy teeth and gums and if a problem is found during a regular exam, early detection will most likely help treatment to be more successful and less costly.
What should I expect at my regular cleaning appointment?
Our dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth and the inside of your mouth will be thoroughly examined. We look for signs of gum disease, cavities and any other areas of concern. Then, the Dental Hygienist will clean each tooth, removing plaque and tartar that has built-up on and between your teeth. In addition to cleaning and polishing your teeth, the Berger team will provide you with the following general and oral health services at your first appointment:
- Clinical Exam
- Blood Pressure Screening
- TMJ Screening
- Occlusal Exam
- Periodontal Exam
- Radiographic Exam
- Pre-clinical Interview
- Intraoral Camera Exam
- Study Models (if needed)
- Diagnodent Exam (if needed)
- Medical History/Oral Cancer Exam
- Proper Home Care Instructions
Dr. Berger is very much involved in the examination of your teeth. He will do a final check and look at your X-ray images. Dr. Berger and the Dental Hygienist may discuss any areas of concern with you and suggest treatment options and home care to address them. You can always ask us about any concerns you have at any time during your appointment!
Then, we will schedule your next visit and you are free to leave and show off your beautiful, clean smile! Contact Berger Family Dental to schedule your next visit 614-866-3368.