Routine dental exams and cleanings in Coral Gables, FL are essential to maintaining high standards of oral health and hygiene for our patients at Ortholine Family Dentistry. When you come in for your dental exam and cleaning appointment, which should take place at least once every six months, your appointment will be split into two parts, the first being with your dental hygienist for your teeth cleaning and the second with you dentist for your dental exam.
Teeth cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis, is necessary to comprehensively clean the gums and teeth and is also an effective preventative measure against periodontal disease and gingivitis.
During your professional teeth cleaning, your Registered Dental Hygienist will remove tartar and plaque that has built up on the surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line. The residue, bacteria, deposits, and debris that is removed during a teeth cleaning cannot possibly be addressed with at-home oral care, which why it’s so necessary to come in for regular cleaning at least twice a year. For our patients with periodontitis, we recommend a teeth cleaning at least once every three to four months.
Your teeth cleaning will promote a healthier, brighter looking smile as well, as your dental hygienist will effectively remove stains and yellowing.
After removing all the buildup on your teeth, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth for a smooth, clean finish.
After your teeth cleaning, you’ll meet your dentist for a comprehensive dental exam. They will evaluate your bone structure, inside and around your mouth, your teeth, and your gums. During this close-up inspection, your dentist will be looking for the following:
It is very likely that your dentist will have some dental x-rays taken to have a deeper look into your oral health. We will review the images with you and go over any findings.
Following the examination and a discussion about your personal medical and dental history, your dentist will discuss and treatments that are recommended or necessary.