Check-up and Cleanings
Healthy teeth and gums are important to everyday life. Your teeth and gums not only allow you to eat fresh, wholesome foods, they protect bone, provide support to your cheeks and allow you to speak properly all while complementing your smile with an overall healthy look. There are many dental problems that can affect the health of your teeth and gums, but with regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups, most of these problems can be avoided.
Check-Up and Cleanings at Marigold Dental
At Marigold Dental our goal is to help our patients maintain optimal oral health. We recommend regular visits to help you prevent problems. To do this we may point out areas that require extra attention with brushing and flossing or diagnose and treat dental issues before they become problems. Your dental health is very important and we are committed to providing you the very best in oral healthcare.
Are Regular Cleanings Important?
Regular dental visits are important in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums and the early detection of dental disease. At a regular dental visit your overall oral health is assessed and any recommendations to maintain your oral health are discussed. Your teeth are then professionally cleaned to remove hard deposits called calculus, soft deposits called plaque and staining. Calculus and plaque left for long periods of time are the major causes of dental disease and require the expertise and knowledge of a dental professional to remove.
We recommend our patients visit their dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up and cleaning.
Check Up and Cleaning Procedures
Your check-up and cleaning is performed by a dental professional and is most often a 60 minute appointment. A check-up and cleaning will include the following and is very important to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- To examine your teeth and gums, we use a small mouth mirror to check for any sign of oral problems
- The dentist will then discuss his/her findings and any recommendations if necessary as well as provide all your options for any treatment that may be necessary
- Your teeth will then be scaling to remove soft deposits called plaque and hard deposits called calculus (tartar) that build up near or below the gum line and in between your teeth. Calculus is removed ultrasonically or by hand with a tool called a scaler.
- Polishing removes stains and plaque. A handheld electric tool with a small rubber cup attached and a gritty toothpaste called prophylaxis paste will remove any stain and plaque.
- Fluoride treatment, a fluoride varnish, gel, or rinse is applied to the teeth to help in the remineralization of the enamel for stronger enamel health. This helps in the prevention of tooth decay and is especially recommended for those that are cavity prone
- Your hygienist is a wealth of information regarding oral hygiene. It is at this time your hygienist will be more than happy to answer your oral health questions and provide you with tips and tools on how to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally a patient doesn’t feel pain during this procedure. However there may be some minor discomfort with
dental issues such as:
- Dental sensitivity
- Long time between cleaning
- Tooth decay
- Jaw pain due to temporomandibular disorders
It is recommended to visit a dentist twice a year for a check up and cleaning.
It generally takes 30-60 minutes for a check up and cleaning