First, one of our dental hygienists will conduct a basic oral exam. Then, we will use specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. After this, we will use a high-powered toothbrush to clean, buff, and polish your pearly whites. As the final step, we’ll floss your mouth to remove any remaining debris. One of our dentists will come in and perform an oral exam to determine whether any dental health issues are present. X-rays may also be recommended, depending on your specific needs.
A fluoride treatment is the best way to reverse minor tooth decay and strengthen your teeth. This non-invasive, painless procedure is often performed after a routine cleaning. We will apply a highly-concentrated fluoride gel to your teeth and it will be rinsed away after a few minutes. Fluoride helps “remineralize” (strengthen) teeth that have been weakened by oral bacteria and acid, so it’s a good way to prevent cavities. If you are cavity-prone, fluoride treatments may be recommended after every cleaning to keep your smile healthy.
Dental sealants consist of a transparent layer of dental resin. This resin is applied to your tooth in a liquid form, then hardened using a UV light. The layer of resin prevents oral bacteria, acid, and food debris from directly contacting your teeth. This, in turn, prevents cavities from ever forming. Sealants are usually applied to the more cavity-prone rear teeth, and with proper oral hygiene, they can last up to 10 years.
According to the American Dental Association, it is important to schedule an oral exam and cleaning every six months to keep your teeth healthy. Some patients, however, may need to visit more often to treat issues like gum disease. Routine visits ensure that we can track your oral health and be on the lookout for any potential issues like tooth decay or gum disease.
During professional cleanings at Dr. Big Smilez, our dental professionals will use special dental tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from areas that cannot be reached with brushing or flossing. Brushing twice per day and flossing once per day is important, but unless you see our team regularly for cleanings, you may still be at risk of oral health issues.