Regular dental cleanings by one of our dentists or their dental hygienist are part of a proper oral hygiene program. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease.
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow your dentist to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but Smile 32 Dental Centers may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.
Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling, and some restorative procedures. It smoothes and polishes teeth or restoration surface and removes some stains.
Scaling is plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure your dentist or hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.
X-rays take pictures called radiographs that show our dentists the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allow them to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.