The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. Learn more about Brushing and Flossing in our Patient Education Section.
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
During your exam Dr. Granger will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. And may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. With Digital X-rays, Dr. Granger may discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a
polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know - we are here to help you.
If your dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other
dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Granger will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
If you're in need of the service listed above, call Dr. Kevin Granger at (301) 249-3333 or book your appointment online today!