Wicker Park Dental Studio

Dental Exams & Cleanings

What are Dental Exams & Cleanings?

A dental exam and cleaning are essential for keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits at home, you still need to come in for routine professional cleanings and examinations. Cleanings allow us to remove heavy buildup from your teeth and check the health of your gums. Exams allow us to check for minor issues so that treatment can prevent them from getting worse.

Why would Dental Exams & Cleanings be needed?

You should have a cleaning and exam done once every six month. The reason these preventative care appointments are needed is because your teeth can get a build up of tartar even with regular brushing and flossing at home. Tartar buildup can contribute to both tooth decay and gum disease. Exams are necessary in finding dental-related problems before they get much worse.

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Who is a candidate for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

There is absolutely no age limit when it comes to who would benefit from a cleaning and exam. Regardless of how long it’s been since your last appointment, we are able to provide you with the care that you need in a judgement-free manner. For parents of small children, it’s a good idea to get your children in for regular appointments so that their teeth remain healthy and clean. We can pre-schedule your appointments to ensure that you never miss a cleaning and exam.

What happens during the appointment for Dental Exams & Cleanings?

The appointment begins with a cleaning, which is performed by a dental hygienist. The hygienist clears away tartar from your teeth and flosses between them to remove plaque. The gums are then checked for any signs of inflammation, bleeding and pocketing, which could be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. The next step is to perform a professional examination. The exam looks for areas of decay, intra-oral problems and oral cancer. You should make time to come into the office for these appointments every six months.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us to have an exam and cleaning done, call our office and we will be happy to further assist you.