Routine Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental checkups, including cleanings and low-radiology digital X-rays, are essential to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. A comprehensive dental exam at least twice yearly serves to keep your teeth healthy while allowing Dr. Wooten to evaluate any potential oral health issues such as gum disease, periodontal disease, or oral cancer.
What Happens During a Routine Exam?
We’ll start with a comprehensive exam of teeth, gums, and tongue. This may include x-rays, macro digital imaging, and bite evaluation. We will also check for cavities, assess prior fillings, dental crowns, dental implants, and pre-screen for oral cancer.
During your exam, Dr. Wooten will check the condition of your teeth, noting any cracks or damage, and look for any growths or sores in your mouth that may indicate a cause for concern.
How Is a Dental Cleaning Performed?
We will gently remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and around the gum line using state-of-the-art cleaning tools. During your cleaning, our expertly trained hygienist will be on the lookout for signs of any underlying problems, such as tooth mobility or periodontal pockets around the base of your teeth.
Once your teeth are tartar-free, you’ll pick your preferred flavor of toothpaste for our hygienist to use in the polishing stage. Our hygienist will also remove stains to keep your teeth looking and feeling fresh.
We’ll expertly floss in between your teeth, even the hard-to-reach spots. This prevents tartar from accumulating in the crevices between your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities in those areas.
Following your exam and cleaning, Dr. Wooten will answer any questions you may have and provide you with a personalized treatment plan and home care recommendations. Dr. Wooten may recommend a post-cleaning fluoride treatment designed to strengthen and protect your teeth, fortifying the dental enamel and preventing tooth decay and cavities.
How Often Should I Schedule a Dental Checkup and Cleaning?
We recommend scheduling a dental appointment at least once every six months. In some cases, Dr. Wooten may recommend more frequent visits to treat problematic conditions as part of your oral care treatment plan.
Proper oral care is essential to maintaining good overall health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy allows you to eat and speak normally while preventing problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Poor oral health has also been linked to issues that can occur in other parts of the body like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online.
Ready to schedule your checkup?
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your last dental checkup, there’s no need to fret – we are here to help! We can get back on track with your dental care. Contact our Clintonville dentist office today to schedule an appointment.