What Is Involved With a Regular Dental Exam and Cleaning?

A regular dental exam and cleaning typically involve the following steps:

Review of Dental History: Dr. Patel or one of our dental hygienists will start by reviewing your dental and medical history, particularly any health problems, recent surgeries, or ongoing conditions, like diabetes, which may affect oral health.

Dental X-rays: Depending on your age, risks for disease, and symptoms, Dr. Patel may recommend X-rays to diagnose decay, disease, or damage that is not visible during a visual examination.

Oral Examination: A regular dental exam involves a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums to detect any signs of gum disease, decay, and other oral health issues. It typically includes an oral cancer screening and sometimes an examination of your bite and jaw movement. 

Teeth Cleaning: Our dental hygienists typically perform the teeth cleaning. They use a technique called scaling to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. They then polish your teeth, often with a gritty paste, to remove any surface stains.

Guidance and Recommendations: Dr. Patel and our dental hygienists will provide oral health education throughout the exam and cleaning. They will discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommend dental products, and offer advice on maintaining good oral hygiene at home, including diet, smoking, and alcohol use.

Why Are Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings Important?

Regular dental exams and cleanings are important for several reasons:

  1. Prevention: Regular dental exams and cleanings help maintain good oral hygiene, prevent gum disease and cavities, and detect any potential problems early on, allowing for timely treatment.
  1. Maintenance of Oral Health: Regular cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy by removing plaque and tartar that brushing at home can’t fully remove.
  1. Oral Cancer Detection: Early detection of oral cancer greatly improves the success of treatment. Dentists are trained to recognize these signs and symptoms.
  1. Maintaining Overall Health: Numerous studies have linked heart health and other medical conditions to oral health, making regular dental care part of maintaining overall well-being.

Who Are Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings For?

Regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or oral health status. They are critical for children age one and on or 6 months after their first teeth erupt for early detection of any potential issues as their teeth develop. Early detection is equally important for adults and seniors to maintain oral health and function.

How Often Should I Get a Regular Dental Exam and Cleaning?

Most dentists recommend getting a dental exam and cleaning every six months. Some individuals with specific oral health concerns may require more frequent visits, while others with excellent oral health may be advised to go less frequently. Dr. Patel and the team at Colonialtown Dental will help you determine the best schedule for your specific needs.

Interested in Learning More About Dental Cleanings?

Dr. Patel and our team at Colonialtown Dental will happily guide you through the ins and outs of proper dental hygiene and make sure you and your family’s smiles are healthy and bright now and for years to come. Patients are the heart of our practice and we want everyone to leave here feeling like family. Colonialtown Dental has been serving Orlando and the surrounding areas for over 28 years. Book online or give us a call today!