Here's a Look at What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

Brushing and flossing regularly are crucial aspects of good oral hygiene, but they cannot replace periodic trips to visit a dentist. A dental cleaning every six months is generally recommended, although some patients may need more frequent check-ups. When you visit a family dentist at a clinic in Bloomingdale, you can expect to review your medical history, have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined, and perhaps undergo X-rays.

Patient History

Every time you visit your family dentist, you should update your medical history. It’s particularly important to let your dentist know if you’re pregnant or could be pregnant. Your dentist will also need to know about any changes to your oral health. Have you been experiencing toothaches or tooth sensitivity? Do you have jaw pain and frequent headaches? Or perhaps you’ve noticed a sore on the inside of your cheek. Telling your dentist about any changes will facilitate proper dental care.

Diagnostic Imaging

X-rays are taken periodically to check for problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye, such as impacted teeth or jawbone problems. However, if you’re an expectant mother, you’ll usually wait to have X-rays until after you’ve given birth.

Teeth Cleaning

The dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning, during which he or she uses specialized tools to gently scrape plaque and tartar from beneath and above the gum line. Then, the dental hygienist uses mildly abrasive paste to polish the teeth, which lessens the ability of plaque to adhere to the teeth. After polishing, your teeth will be flossed and you may have a fluoride treatment.

Oral Exam

Once you’re ready for the oral exam, the dentist will review your X-rays if applicable and discuss any issues the dental hygienist may have found. The dentist will carefully evaluate every side of every tooth for problems like tooth decay and chipped enamel. The oral exam includes an evaluation of the alignment of your upper and lower jaws. Your soft tissues will be checked for possible signs of infections or oral cancer. The dentist may also measure the gingival pockets, which is the space between your gums and your teeth. Abnormally large pockets may indicate gum disease. If the dentist finds any problems, he or she will discuss your treatment options with you. Contact Eagle Falls Dentistry at 630-894-5180 and Associated Dental Care at 630-893-1300 for all you dental needs!

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