Have you visited the family dentist lately? Get potential problems identified early.
Regular exams and cleanings are a critical part of preventive dental care and promote not just your oral health but overall health, too.
During an exam, the dentist or hygienist will check your teeth and gums for disease, cavities, missing or chipped teeth, discolorations or damage. The dentist will also check your face, neck, cheeks, tongue, and lips for abnormalities or problems.
The procedure may also involve digital X-rays and other diagnostic procedures if the dentist wants a detailed evaluation. We will also discuss your diet and oral hygiene and demonstrate correct brushing and flossing techniques for better oral health. Regular dental exams help bring a potential problem to light at a stage when they are the most treatable.
We recommend that you schedule regular exams and cleanings for your entire family.
An exam is usually followed by professional teeth cleaning.
While regular brushing and flossing help keep our teeth clean, it pays to get professional cleanings done once or twice a year. Twice-yearly cleanings can help locate areas in the mouth that may be difficult to access with your brush, for example, the backs of your teeth.
Using a small mirror for guidance and a scaler, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar (hardened deposits containing millions of bacteria) from between the gumline and teeth. For patients with sensitive teeth, we may apply a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
This is usually followed by using a high powered toothbrush and a gritty toothpaste to clean off any remaining tartar. The gritty texture helps scrub the teeth well. Our team will also provide a round of professional flossing, which helps remove any leftover toothpaste or plaque from gaps in the teeth.
Finally, patients rinse out their mouths using a liquid fluoride solution. Contact ENFIELD FAMILY DENTAL in ENFIELD, CT for dental exams and cleanings near you.