Dental cleanings or teeth cleanings are visits where you typically spend the entire appointment with your hygienist. The two types of dental cleaning appointments cover recalls and scaling.
Recall appointments are recommended at certain intervals. They are usually recommended every 6 and 12 months. This is all based on your own individual needs. Recall appointments include: x-rays (if necessary), blood pressure updates, scaling, polishing, a quick check-up by your dentist (if necessary), fluoride treatment (if requested), and a demonstration of proper home care techniques including brushing & flossing which will help to maintain optimal oral health.
Scaling appointments are usually recommended more frequently. These appointments are scheduled every 3, 4 or 6 months. These appointments are typically recommended to patients who have a high risk for the development of certain dental conditions.
For cleanings, a hygienist will begin by removing the build-up of tarter that could cause gum disease. This is a process of removing plaque bio-films which is a by-product of bacteria, as well as dental tartar known as hard plaque, from the tooth surface above the gum line. If our hygienist finds built-up of plaque below the gum line, a process of smoothing the root surface where bacteria are more dangerous and destructive.
Depending on the depth of pocketing and severity of root surface irregularity the client may be offered either injectable anesthetics to freeze tooth and gums, or non-injectable product for numbing the gum only.
Complete Oral Examinations are completed in a convenient 1-hour appointment. We begin by updating your medical history to help us get a sense of where you are at health-wise.
What is a complete dental oral examination? Check this Dental Exam: An Overview for more details.
COE’s also include all necessary x-rays and photography – Panoramic imaging, Intraoral and Extraoral x-rays. Your dentist will conduct a neck and jaw exam and will perform a periodontal assessment including perio probing and odontogram charting.
Your dentist will also perform a dental check-up and assess the overall condition of your oral health. They will then offer their recommendations and help answer any questions you may have.
The two most common types of dental x-rays are the Intraoral and Extraoral.
Intraoral x-rays are taken inside the mouth. They are commonly used due to the scope of information they provide. They “see” the health of the tooth, the root and bone structure surrounding the tooth. This helps to monitor the general health of the teeth and jawbone.
Extraoral focuses mainly on the jaw and skull. Their purpose is to locate impacted teeth and to assess the growth and development of the jaw in relation to the teeth. Potential issues between teeth and jaws (temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or other bones in the face are clearly evident with this type of x-ray.
Extraoral x-rays are helpful when orthodontic work is needed. It gives a panoramic view of the patient’s mouth including upper and lower jaws. It is to the advantage of the orthodontist who can then recommend the proper orthodontic procedure necessary to correct the teeth or jaw. It is also useful in the detection of mouth tumours.
Maintaining Your Dental Health at Home
Caring for your toothbrush and changing it regularly, is also an excellent way to maintain your oral care tool case. To continue your good oral hygiene, regular visits for a dental check-up, as well as a cleaning to remove built-up plaque and calculus will keep your teeth and gums in a healthy condition.
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