Dental Cleanings and Exams
Dental Cleanings and Exams in Coeur d’Alene, ID
Routine dental visits, encompassing cleanings and exams, are the foundation of dental care. Beyond identifying cavities or removing plaque, our goal is to foster a lasting relationship with our patients. By choosing Scholes Family Dental, you’re partnering with a team devoted to your health, ensuring your smile remains vibrant and healthy.
What is a Routine Dental Exam?
A dental exam is a thorough evaluation conducted by Dr. Scholes to assess the overall health and condition of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The primary purpose is to identify issues early on, allowing for timely intervention and ensuring optimal oral health. We check for cavities, assess gum health, screen for oral diseases like oral cancer, and evaluate the overall condition of the teeth and jaw to address potential issues promptly.
What is a Teeth Cleaning?
Teeth cleanings are a procedure performed by one of our dental hygienists to thoroughly clean your teeth. The primary purpose of a professional teeth cleaning is to prevent gum diseases, remove plaque and tartar build-up that can be missed with regular brushing, and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Regular professional teeth cleanings ensure fresher breath, a brighter smile, and enhanced oral health.
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Why are Regular Dental Exams Important?
- Preventing Cavities and Gum Diseases: Over time, plaque and tartar can build up on our teeth. If they aren’t regularly removed, they can lead to tooth decay or gum problems. With routine dental checks, these issues can be nipped in the bud before they become severe.
- Early Detection of Oral Health Issues: Dental exams provide an opportunity for early detection of oral health problems beyond cavities, such as oral cancer or early signs of periodontal disease. Identifying these issues initially ensures timely intervention and often less invasive treatments.
- Monitoring Ongoing Conditions or Treatments: If you’ve previously had dental issues or treatments, consistent check-ups allow your dentist to monitor the progress. Whether it’s tracking the alignment of a dental brace or the healing process of a previous extraction, regular visits ensure everything is on track.
- Maintaining Overall Oral Health and Hygiene: Exams provide an opportunity for dental professionals to guide patients on best practices in oral care, ensuring teeth and gums remain in optimal condition and potentially extending the longevity of your natural teeth.
What Does a Typical Dental Appointment Look Like?
Initial Consultation and Oral History Discussion: We will discuss any dental concerns, past treatments, or oral health issues. This dialogue helps us understand any symptoms you might be experiencing and forms a foundation for the day’s check-up.
Teeth Cleaning: After the consultation, a dental hygienist will perform a teeth cleaning. The first step, scaling, involves removing plaque and tartar that regular brushing can’t eliminate. Once scaling is done, your teeth will be polished, often with a gritty paste, to remove any surface stains and make them shine.
The Dental Examination: With your teeth freshly cleaned, the dentist will conduct a thorough visual inspection of your teeth, gums, and mouth. This examination helps identify cavities, signs of gum disease, or any other oral health concerns. If deemed necessary, x-rays may be taken to get a closer look at the areas between teeth or the jawbone structure.
Discussion of Findings: Post-examination, Dr. Scholes will discuss the findings with you. This can involve treatment recommendations if any issues are identified. It’s also an excellent time for us to provide oral care tips tailored to your specific needs or answer any questions you might have about your oral health.
How Often Should You See the Dentist?
Most health organizations, including the American Dental Association, recommend visiting the dentist at least twice yearly for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, specific factors can necessitate more frequent visits. Individuals battling gum disease may require closer monitoring, and people with other oral health concerns or undergoing certain treatments could benefit from more regular visits.
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Regular dental cleanings and exams are instrumental in ensuring that your smile remains bright and your oral health impeccable. At Scholes Family Dental in Coeur d’Alene, ID, Dr. Scholes and our team are dedicated to providing top-tier dental care tailored to your needs. Schedule your next dental cleaning and exam with us today and invest in a healthier, brighter future.