Cleanings & Exams
The best way to prolong the health of your teeth and gums is to maintain a consistent and proper oral hygiene regimen. In addition to brushing and flossing, regular dental exams and professional cleanings are vital. At Healthy Smiles Dental, we are committed to helping our patients achieve their optimal oral health in a comfortable environment with highly-skilled staff and exceptional professional oral care.
How Often Do I Need a Dental Exam and Cleaning?
If you have good oral hygiene habits, it is recommended to have professional teeth cleaning and exam at least twice a year. Otherwise, your dentist may suggest more frequent dental visits. It is important to highlight that regular dental exams and cleanings will help prevent oral health concerns and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning?
In general, a professional dental cleaning consists of the following steps:
- Removal of Plaque and Tartar
- Professional Flossing
- Fluoride Treatment
During the dental cleaning, Dr. Aznavour, or our dental hygienist, will use several instruments to remove plaque, tartar and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. Sometimes, an ultrasonic vibrating device might be used to loosen plaque and tartar and then wash it away throughout the process with a rush of water. After removing plaque, tartar and stains, our Santa Clarita dentist or hygienist will use finer hand tools to wash away any remaining deposits on the teeth. To smoothen the surfaces of the teeth, your teeth will be polished with a lightly abrasive paste and finally, finish up with flossing and fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, you may undergo a final examination to check for gum disease, grinding issues and the alignment of your teeth. At this final stage of the process, Dr. Aznavour can address any questions or concerns that you may have.
What to expect during a dental exam?
The dental exam will be performed by our dentist and with the help of one or more experienced dental assistants. This is a time where Dr. Aznavour conducts a thorough examination of your mouth, tongue, lips, cheeks, throat and more, and will check for any abnormalities. Here’s a look at the steps of a routine dental exam:
- Evaluate your medical history
- Evaluate your oral hygiene
- Identify if you have any risk of tooth decay, gum infections or bacteria problems
- Perform oral cancer screening to check for signs of oral cancer
- Take dental X-rays, if necessary
- Evaluate if you need orthodontic treatment in the future
- Examine your existing dental restorations
- Determine if you need tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
- Check your jaw for problems
- Perform dental cleaning to remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Explain how to take care properly of your teeth or dentures
- Assess if you need fluoride treatment
Not regularly visiting your dentist may not seem significant, but oral problems can arise and spread quickly if not detected in time. Professional cleanings and dental exams will save you time, money and future oral health concerns. Dr. Sarkis Aznavour can help ensure you keep your smile radiant and healthy.
Contact Healthy Smiles Dental to schedule an appointment by calling (661)210-4280. Our dental practice is conveniently located at 24242 Lyons Avenue in Santa Clarita, CA and we are always accepting new and existing patients.
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