Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden into calculus (tartar).  This can lead to gum disease (periodontal disease) which causes inflammation and bone loss around the teeth.  Professional dental cleanings remove the calculus. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions to protect you from cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined.  We may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At a typical dental exam, Dr. Rogers will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing surface stains or deposits called calculus (tartar). Calculus is more difficult to remove than plaque and requires professional instrumentation. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. X-rays may be taken to detect decay between the teeth or bone loss associated with gum disease. We will ask you about your brushing and flossing habits. We will demonstrate proper dental care and suggest how to improve your habits for optimal oral health.

How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?

Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment.  Also, be prepared to share your medical history (including current medications) and information about insurance coverage. Remember to relax. We not here to judge you or the condition of your teeth, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health!