Professional Exams & Cleanings at Cambridge Dentistry
Even if you have a diligent dental care routine at home, it is still important to have regular checkups and cleanings with your dental professional. For most people, two checkups a year are usually sufficient, however, if you have special problems or if you have a higher risk for conditions like periodontal disease, it may be recommended that you come in more often.
During your exam, our dentist or hygienist will discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits. We may also demonstrate the proper brushing or flossing techniques. Making these exams a regular part of your oral care can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Our dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. If you have gum swelling or redness, we will check for gingival pockets. Specialized instruments are used, which include a metal probe and a small angled mirror.
We may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums. There are various types of dental X-rays available to help us determine the best course of treatment.
The examination includes a test of how your teeth come together looking for tooth grinding or problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the skull. At the same time, we will check your neck, lymph glands, palate, and the soft tissues of your mouth for signs of oral cancer.
We will examine your existing restorations or prosthetic replacements (fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.) including checking how well they fit and discussing any adjustments that are needed.
It is important to speak with our oral care professionals about any changes to your health or medications you are taking.
Using a variety of special tools, our dental hygienist will remove debris, calculus (tartar), and plaque from in between your teeth and around your gum line.
Next, your teeth will be flossed and polished. The polishing consists of a lightly abrasive paste applied to the tooth surfaces. Afterward, the smooth tooth surfaces will make it more difficult for plaque to accumulate before the next cleaning.
After your dental exam and cleaning, our dentist or hygienist will discuss your oral health, including your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. We may also discuss recommendations for preventive measures you can take to improve and protect your oral health.
Make your appointment for your exam and cleaning today. Call us at either of our convenient Cambridge Dentistry locations. We have offices located on Dundas and Franklin Plaza (519) 622-3199 or Westgate Plaza (519) 623-2400.