When you come in for a routine visit to our office the first step we take is getting you comfortable in the chair. From there we will being the cleaning. Over the course of six month there can be a lot of bacterial buildup that accumulates on hard to reach areas in your mouth. As you brush you will tend to hit certain areas with vigor, while being extremely thorough. Hard to reach areas may not get such a thorough brushing and flossing. In these areas that have been missed there is often an accumulation of cavity causing bacteria.
When these bacteria accumulate over the course of a day, they produce a sticky or “mossy” feeling substance on the teeth – this is known as plaque. If not removed in a timely manner, plaque can harden and turn into what is called tartar. Tartar is a very tough substance that can’t be removed simply by brushing or flossing. So when we are cleaning your teeth, we will search out plaque and tartar and make sure to remove them. We will also let you know if there are any areas that you are missing routinely so that you can change your brushing and flossing habits.
Dental Examinations and X-rays
One of the most important parts of any visit to our office is a thorough examination of your mouth. During this examination, we will check for all kinds of oral health issues including:
|•||Signs of oral cancer|
|•||Bruxism (teeth grinding)|
|•||Gum pocket depth|
|•||Fillings requiring replacement|
We will usually start an examination with an x-ray. We use x-rays to see into the portions of your mouth that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Often we can detect issues like cavities while they are in the early stages and can help you to take steps to prevent them.
If you have experienced any issues with your teeth over the previous months, the examination is a great time to bring it up. It’s wise to keep track of any changes or issues with your mouth, from discomfort to a change in bite. When things change in your mouth it is often a sign of something bigger. So if one day you notice your teeth don’t fit together properly, or your jaw is sore when you wake up, that is frequently a sign of nighttime bruxism. We can treat such an issue with something as simple as a mouth guard.
So call us today at (503) 350-1234 to schedule your routine dental cleaning and examination, because it’s what we forget to do for our teeth that ends up hurting them in the long run.