The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. You visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, Dr. Fong will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. He may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. The images provided will help Dr. Fong discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
The dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine the amount of tartar present. During the cleaning, the hygienist will note any problem areas of periodontal pockets, bone loss, or decay. Next our hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of instruments to remove any tartar from your teeth.
Then our hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let us know. We offer sedation options to ensure your comfort. If Dr. Fong finds tooth decay or gum disease, he will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, he may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.