We want you to come in to the office twice a year for an exam and cleaning because a lot goes on during the six months since we last saw you. Even after regularly brushing and flossing at home, plaque and tarter continues to build up on your teeth which can cause harm to your gums if not removed.
Prior to the beginning of the cleaning, our hygienist will examine your entire mouth. A small mirror is helpful to see around your teeth and gums for any inflammation, cavities, chips & cracks as well as the overall condition of the existing fillings.
During the cleaning, our hygienist uses special dental tools to remove:
Plaque, a pasty substance on your teeth where bacteria grows, will damage tooth enamel and lead to decay. Cavities can be prevented with regular removal.
Tarter, hardened dental plaque can form both above and below the gum line, can cause receding gums and periodontal disease. Regular removal will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Once the plaque and tarter has been removed, our hygienist will use a gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. This process helps to clean and remove any plaque and tarter left on the surface of your teeth. When complete, your teeth are smooth and shiny.
Finally, our hygienist will floss your teeth. Flossing treatment gets in between your teeth and removes any plaque and polishing toothpaste left after the cleaning and polishing procedures.
Examination by Dr. Witt
At this point, our hygienist will have Dr. Witt come in to examine the health of your mouth. While cleaning your teeth, our hygienist noted your chart for any abnormalities and conditions needing further attention. Dr. Witt will examine your teeth and gums, conduct an oral cancer screen then check your jaw for any problems. Should there be anything needing further treatment, he will explain the situation and the options available. Now it’s time to schedule your next cleaning and you’re done! See you in six months!