Dental Exam & Cleanings
comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial
dental visit. However, at regular check-up exams, your dentist and
hygienist will continue to perform the following:
Blood pressure check: Check
to see if blood pressure within normal limits or need to refer to an Medical
Doctor for further workup before any dental procedures begin.
Lymph Node Check: Check to ensure there aren't any enlarged lymph nodes.
TMJ Evaluation: Check
to see if your jaw joint is operating smoothly with no pain, clicks, or pops.
Oral cancer screening: Check
the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral
cancer we do this both visually, manually.
Tongue Check: check to see if tongue displays no anomalies or malignancies.
Examination of diagnostic x-rays
for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help
determine tooth and root positions.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental
instruments as well as with the Diagnodent.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by
Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a
dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for
some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms
above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the
teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and
saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the
gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during
tooth brushing and scaling.
Tongue Cleaning: Removal
of plaque and bacteria from the surface and sides of tongue.