Dental Cleanings and Exams
Taking care of your mouth is important for preventing serious oral health issues and keeping your mouth healthy. Proper oral care consists of several components. Much of your oral care is done at home, with regular brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day. It is also recommended that you have at least two professional dental visits every year. At Smiles by Shrenna Clifton, DDS, we can provide you with the cleanings and exams you need to keep your mouth happy and healthy.
Brushing and flossing every day helps remove buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, preventing issues like cavities and gum disease. However, even those who follow the ADA recommendations can still experience issues. This is because there are some areas of the mouth that are more difficult to access than others, and these areas can be missed. You think that you are thoroughly cleaning your mouth, but the earliest warning signs of tooth decay and gum disease are often difficult to detect, and often go completely unnoticed. By the time they are, the conditions have progressed to a larger issue, and require more invasive treatments.
At Smile by Dr. Shrenna Clifton, we provide you with the professional cleanings you need to help prevent serious issues from occurring. It is recommended that you have these cleanings at least twice a year. We can clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the ones that you may not be able to reach. Your cleaning starts with a thorough scraping of the surfaces of your teeth. Using a specially designed tool, we can remove even the most stubborn plaque, tartar, bacteria and other debris from all visible surfaces of your teeth, including around the gum line.
Once your teeth have been scraped clean, we polish them. This is accomplished using an electric hand tool with a rotating head and a dental polish that contains abrasives. We scrub your teeth with a beautiful shine. Finally, we floss your teeth, removing any buildup that may have accumulated there, including anything that may have accumulated during your cleaning. If necessary, we can also provide fluoride treatments.
Often, oral health problems do not exhibit any symptoms in the earliest stages. By the time you notice them, they have progressed to more serious issues and may require more invasive treatments. Twice yearly oral exams, frequently done in the same appointment as your dental cleanings, are designed to assess the condition of your mouth and spot the early warning signs of a variety of different issues, allowing us to provide you with the treatments you need to stop them in their tracks and prevent them from getting worse.
Your oral exam starts with a thorough visual inspection of your mouth. We look at your teeth, your gums, and the other tissues in your mouth, checking for signs of decay, damage, infection, and gum recession, along with any other abnormalities. We also check the condition of any dental restorations you may have, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges, as well as sealants, if they are present. Another important part of your oral exam, although not performed at every visit, is a digital x-ray. X-rays help us to see the structures of your mouth not visible to the naked eye, such as the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. We can monitor bone health, check for damage below the gum line, and diagnose infections. After we have finished checking your mouth, we will discuss any issues that we may have found, along with treatment options. We will also discuss your at-home oral care habits and, if necessary, provide tips on how to improve them. When your visit is over, we will schedule your next appointment.
Cleanings and exams, combined with regular at-home oral care, can optimize the health of your mouth and prevent serious issues from occurring. If it is time for your cleaning and exam, call Smiles by Dr. Shrenna Clifton to schedule your appointment today at (470) 400-2001.
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