Dental Cleanings and Exams
Oregon City, OR
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. In addition to your daily oral care routine, the ADA also recommends twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. At Beavercreek Dental, we can perform your cleanings and exams, helping you to optimize the health of your mouth.
Every day, plaque and oral bacteria build up in your mouth. While they are normal and natural, excessive amounts can lead to serious issues. For this reason, it is essential that you brush and floss your teeth daily. However, there are some areas of your mouth that are harder to clean than others. Even if you follow a regular oral hygiene schedule, missing certain areas of your mouth on a regular basis can lead to serious issues. This is where dental cleanings come in.
Dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year. They are designed for us to help you keep your teeth clean, preventing the development of oral health complications. Cleanings begin with a thorough scraping of your teeth. Using a specialized manual tool, we scrape all surfaces of your teeth, including between as well as around and just below the gum line. We scrape away all plaque, tartar, bacteria and other debris.
After your teeth have been scraped clean, we then polish them. This is accomplished with an electric handpiece outfitted with a rotating head and a dental polish that contains abrasives. As the head rotates, the polish scrubs your teeth to a beautiful, healthy shine. Finally, we floss your teeth. Flossing helps to not only remove debris that you may have missed, but it also removes loose debris and polish that may have accumulated during your cleaning.
Exams are also an integral part of your oral care routine. They are recommended twice a year and are typically done in the same appointment as your cleaning. Exams allow us to go over your mouth and spot potential issues in your mouth in their earliest stages. In early detection, we can provide you with prompt treatment that aids in stopping the progress of any issues we find, preventing serious complications from arising.
When we examine your mouth, we check your teeth for signs of damage and decay. We closely inspect your gums, checking for redness and swelling, as well as other signs and symptoms of gum disease or other infections. The rest of the soft tissues in your mouth are also scanned for abnormalities that might point to oral cancer.
What About X-Rays?
X-rays are an important part of your oral healthcare record. They are not taken at every appointment. Using digital X-ray technology, we take images of the inside of your mouth so that we can see the structures of your mouth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This includes between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. X-rays help us to monitor the health of your teeth and jaws, as well as enable us to spot issues that we might otherwise miss.
Cleanings and Exams are integral components of your oral care routine, helping you to keep your mouth happy and healthy, as well as detect, and provide prompt treatment for, oral health issues in their earliest stages. If it is time for your cleaning and exam, call Beavercreek Dental today to schedule your appointment at (503) 343-9262.