Routine dental checkups are essential to long-lasting wellness. Preventative care, such as cleanings and exams, can preserve your overall oral health and reduce the risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications. At Davey Crockett Dentistry in Richmond, VA, Dr. Joe Bousaba uses digital x-rays, 3-D computerized tomography, and other advanced dental technologies to provide accurate care for our patients. In addition to accepting most dental insurance plans, we also offer CareCredit® and in-house financing options to help patients pay for out-of-pocket costs.
Cleanings and exams not only protect your health. Your smile might also look and feel fresher after your visit.
What to Expect during an Exam
During a dental examination at our practice, your doctor performs a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaws, and surrounding structures. In addition to a visual assessment, x-rays and scans may be taken to accurately evaluate the underlying dental roots and supporting bone. An oral cancer screening is also conducted. These steps allow your dentist to identify any existing infection, decay, or disease.
Professional Dental Cleaning
In most cases, your dental cleaning will be completed during the same appointment. During this part of your visit, the hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth using specialized dental scalers and ultrasonic instruments. Next, the teeth will be polished with a rubber cup and gritty toothpaste. This helps to eliminate surface stains and remove harmful biofilm. Finally, your hygienist will floss thoroughly to remove debris, food, plaque, and other irritants from between the teeth.
Once the cleaning is complete, your hygienist may recommend topical fluoride treatments or dental sealants. Fluoride effectively remineralizes the enamel – the hard outer surface of a tooth – and helps prevent future damage. Sealants can protect hard-to-reach areas from harmful plaque and bacteria. These preventative methods can be advantageous in protecting your overall oral health. Because each patient is different, treatment will be tailored to meet your unique oral health needs.
The Importance of Cleanings and Exams
Even the most diligent patients can benefit from routine exams and cleanings. Despite thorough oral hygiene at home, there are simply some areas that cannot be reached effectively with brushing and flossing alone. During your cleanings, your hygienist can remove plaque, tartar, and debris that have accumulated in these areas.
We use digital x-rays, 3-D computerized tomography, and other advanced dental technologies for precise screening.
Furthermore, oral bacteria has been linked to serious health complications, including stroke, heart disease, dementia, and more. When you maintain regular dental visits, you not only preserve your oral health – you protect your overall well-being and quality of life.
In most cases, patients can successfully maintain optimal oral health with cleanings twice a year. It is important to note, however, that individuals who are prone to gum disease, tooth decay, or other ongoing dental problems may need to see the dentist more frequently. This allows your dentist to detect potential issues before they worsen.
Protect Your Smile
Are you due for a dental check-up? Contact us online or at (804) 282-2990 to schedule an appointment at our practice. Our team can give you the tools you need to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come.