Most people believe they are doing everything it takes in their at-home oral hygiene routines to keep dental problems at bay. At Bella Dental El Monte, however, we know that there are things your toothbrush and toothpaste can’t do. We recommend that you undergo dental cleaning and examination at least once every year to check and determine the general status of your oral health.
So what does the dental exam and cleaning procedure entail?
Dentists have different regimens for their patients as regards the exam and cleaning procedure. Ours is a short one that starts with dental cleaning.
During the dental cleaning, your dentist or oral hygienist will first scrape off any tartar or plaque that may have accumulated under and along your gum line or on the surface of your teeth using an instrument called a scaler. Your mouth will then be rinsed clean to wash off the just-dislodged debris particles before your teeth are brushed using an electric toothbrush and a special grainy toothpaste. The dentist will then floss between each of your teeth.
After your mouth is rinsed clean, your dentist or hygienist will inspect it using special instruments for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth will be checked for grinding or temporomandibular disorder (TMJ); your gum for swelling, redness and red pockets; and your lips, cheek, lymph glands, palate and neck for signs of cancer and other oral infections.
Who qualifies for this procedure?
Unlike most other medical procedures, dental exam and cleaning qualification is not determined by such factors as age and medical history. This is because there aren’t any potentially dangerous chemicals and instruments used during the procedure.
If you have been treated for an oral infection before or have been rendered susceptible to one by a dentist, dental exam and cleaning are particularly helpful as it will help show if current medication is working or whether there is another infection looming.