Cleanings, Exams, and Digital X Rays - Ford Dental Group - Huntington Beach, CA Dentistry

Cleanings, Exams & Digital X-Rays

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According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. These daily habits are essential components for maintaining a healthy mouth. However, they are only a part of the bigger picture. To maintain optimal oral health, the ADA also recommends regular dental cleanings and exams, which we can perform for you right here at East Peak Dental Group.

Cleanings, Exams, and Digital X Rays - East Peak Dental Group - South Lake Tahoe Dentistry

Professional Dental Cleanings

The ADA recommends that you have professional cleanings at least twice a year. These cleanings are designed to help prevent serious oral health issues from occurring by removing buildup from your teeth, including from the areas that you may not be able to reach on your own. Cleanings start with a thorough scraping of your teeth. We work to remove plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other harmful debris from all surfaces of your teeth, including around the roots and just below the gum line.

After the teeth are scraped clean, they are polished. This involves the use of an abrasive dental polish, which scrubs the enamel of your teeth to a beautiful finish. Finally, the teeth are flossed, which not only removes debris you may have missed but also debris that may have accumulated during your cleaning. If necessary, we can also provide you with fluoride treatments.

Dental Exams

Exams are also recommended twice a year and are typically done at the same appointment as your cleanings. Exams allow us to spot oral health issues in their earliest stages before symptoms begin to show. Our South Lake Tahoe dental team carefully check your teeth for signs of damage and decay and your gums for signs of infection. We take note of any issues that we find and recommend appropriate treatment, whether it is a filling, scaling and root planing, or cosmetic bonding.

Also, a part of your oral exam is an oral cancer screening. Detecting oral cancer early is essential for preventing serious consequences. During this screening, we examine your oral tissues for signs of abnormalities. If anything looks abnormal, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for a more detailed examination of the area. After our exam, we're happy to answer any questions about the treatment that's recommended and discuss the next plan of action.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are an integral component of your oral care file. These images allow us to see the hidden areas of your mouth, including between the teeth and under the gum line. We can see the roots of the teeth, your jawbone, and the periodontal ligaments, and can spot issues such as cavities, fractured teeth, abscesses, damage to the jawbone, and more. They also allow us to monitor your healing after specific treatments or changes in your teeth and jaws from visit to visit. With x-rays, we have a complete picture of everything that is happening inside your mouth, and they can help us to diagnose issues better and recommend optimal treatment plans.

Schedule Your Dentist Appointment

Combined with your at-home oral care routine, professional dental cleanings and exams can help you keep your whole mouth happy and healthy. If it is time for your visit, call East Peak Dental Group to schedule your appointment today at (775) 580-7410.

Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings, Exams, and Digital X-Rays

Dental Cleanings:

  • What it is: A hygienist thoroughly removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, including hard-to-reach areas, using specialized instruments. This prevents gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Benefits: Fresher breath, whiter teeth, reduced risk of cavities and gum disease, improved overall oral health.
  • Frequency: Typically recommended every 6 months, but individual needs may vary.

Dental Exams:

  • What it is: A comprehensive examination by your dentist to assess your oral health. This includes checking for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other potential issues.
  • Benefits: Early detection and prevention of dental problems, personalized treatment recommendations, maintaining a healthy smile.
  • Frequency: Usually recommended alongside cleanings, every 6-12 months.

Digital X-Rays:

  • What it is: Advanced imaging technology that captures detailed pictures of your teeth, jaws, and underlying bone structure. This provides information invisible to the naked eye.
  • Benefits: Early detection of hidden dental problems like cavities between teeth, bone loss, and root infections, more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning, reduced radiation exposure compared to traditional x-rays.
  • Frequency: Varies depending on individual needs and dental history. Your dentist will recommend the appropriate interval.

Schedule Your Teeth Cleaning Today!

Ready to maintain your oral health with professional dental cleanings and exams? Call us at (775) 580-7410 or click here to schedule your appointment with East Peak Dental Group!