Regular dental check-ups are crucial for sustaining optimal oral health. These appointments encompass teeth cleaning, a comprehensive assessment of teeth, gums, and mouth, and possibly X-rays for uncovering any hidden concerns. Your dentist will diligently examine for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues during these visits. Furthermore, at Hekmat Dental Care, we believe in providing valuable guidance on enhancing your at-home dental care routine.
It’s important to note that routine dental check-ups extend beyond issue detection; they serve as a proactive measure to prevent problems from arising. These check-ups are integral to your overall healthcare regimen.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Reza Hekmat at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:
Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions. Learn more about x-rays.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. Learn more about oral cancer exams.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. Learn more about periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. Learn more about our restoration services.
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our friendly hygienist staff. Your cleaning appointment will include the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Regular teeth cleaning brings numerous advantages to your oral well-being. Beyond maintaining a bright and smooth appearance, it plays a pivotal role in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Our professional cleanings effectively eliminate plaque and tartar, inaccessible through regular brushing and flossing, promoting healthy gums. This process not only contributes to oral health but also mitigates the risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes linked to oral health.
Additionally, teeth cleanings serve as a proactive measure for your dentist to detect potential dental issues early. Regular check-ups enable monitoring of your oral health, allowing timely recommendations and treatments before problems escalate. This proactive approach ensures a healthy smile, ultimately saving you both time and money in the long term. Read our Dental Exams and Cleanings Guide to learn more!
If you have any questions about our dental exams and cleaning get in touch with our office. Dr. Hekmat, your Rancho Bernardo dentist, is waiting to make your smile the top priority!