Dental cleanings and exams are an essential component of good oral health. At Smile Huntington, we are proud to offer these services to patients in Huntington, NY, and we are thrilled when they keep up with their appointments every six months. If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, we encourage you to schedule one soon for a routine cleaning and exam.
You may wonder why a dental cleaning is even recommended if daily brushing and flossing already is. After all, if you practice these habits, you’re already removing any harmful substances from your mouth, right? Well, there are areas in the mouth that you can’t reach on your own. The back teeth, for example, can be difficult to clean thoroughly, and you won’t be able to get rid of all the bacteria present in between the teeth and along the gum line. If left for extended periods, such as if you skip several cleanings, the bacteria remain in these areas, producing acids that can damage the teeth and gums. This can eventually lead to cavities or gum disease.
Dental exams are also important because oral diseases often develop without presenting symptoms. That means that you could have a case of gum disease or a cavity growing without even realizing it. By visiting your dentist office in Huntington, NY, twice a year, you give him a chance to catch these problems in their early stages when they are easier to treat.
Visiting our office at Smile Huntington for a routine cleaning and exam is a short, painless visit. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to check for issues such as cavities and abnormal patches. X-rays are usually taken once a year, possibly more often for patients who have received restorative treatment.
A hygienist usually performs a dental cleaning, using dental tools to remove plaque and debris from the surface of your teeth. He or she will thoroughly clean every area in your mouth, including in the back of the mouth and between the teeth. Fluoride treatment can follow a cleaning if you request one.