Dental Check-Ups & Cleanings
Dental checkups and cleaning provide you with an opportunity to have your teeth and gums examined by a dentist for potential issues. It’s the most common reason many people visit a dentist today. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we recommend that you visit a dentist every six months for optimal oral health.
What does dental checkups and cleanings entail?
Knowing what to expect when you book an appointment with a dentist for checkups and cleanings can help make the process easier for you. Here’s what makes up a dental checkup and cleaning:
✓ Check-up: This usually starts with a discussion about your medical history before any dental work is performed on you. You will be encouraged to share any health condition you may have. Once you share your health concerns, the dentist will perform an oral examination to inspect your teeth, mouth, gums, cheeks etc. to see if there are concerns. Special dental instruments may be used to achieve a thorough inspection.
✓ Clean: Next, the dentist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning. Using special tools, the dentist will start by scraping off built up plaque and tartar to prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis. They will also polish your teeth to remove any stain to give it a shiny finish. The polishing will also rid your teeth of any residue that was previously missed.
✓ X-ray: Depending on your case, we may take an x-ray to see if there are issues below the surface of your gums. A lead apron will be placed over your chest to protect it and then the scanner is placed on the outside of your mouth. Images captured are projected onto the computer and the dentist will assess it for issues like loss of jawbone, fractures, teeth grinding, oral cancer and other oral abnormalities.
✓ Fluoride: You will get a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth and protect them against tooth decay.
✓ Results and professional advice: At the end of the entire procedure, we will let you know what’s going in your mouth. We may also advise you on how to improve your oral hygiene based on our assessment of your entire mouth.
What are the advantages of a dental checkup and cleaning?
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are important to your oral health. Here are the most important benefits:
• Diagnose oral health issues
When you come in for a dental checkup and cleaning, we don’t just work on your teeth alone; we also inspect your teeth, gums, cheeks and entire mouth for any concerns that may become larger issues down the road.
• Cleaning your teeth professionally
Brushing and flossing are helpful habits but they cannot remove all the plaque and tartar that are collecting on your teeth. A professional cleaning can help rid your teeth of plaque and tartar, which are known to cause tooth decay, gum inflammation and other dental problems.
• Get educated on proper dental hygiene
A lot of people don’t know how to take proper care of their oral health. After a dental checkup and cleaning, a dentist can offer relevant advice on how to improve your dental hygiene.
• Save money in the long-run
By catching issues early, a dental checkup and cleaning can help fix problems before they require expensive dental work.
What to do next?
Make an appointment at BrightCraft Dental for your regular check-ups and cleaning. BOOK ONLINE or call (818) 237-1010․