What is meant by Dental Cleaning and Prevention?
Just as you need to look after the rest of your body to look good, so you need to care for your teeth and gums. When your visit your dentist for dental cleaning and prevention treatment, he will examine your teeth fully and usually take a full set of x-rays at the same time; these will allow him to see what is going on inside your gums and jaw bone.
Once completed, he will evaluate the findings and put together a plan of action. This will involve you visiting the practice for regular check-ups. The treatment may include such things as:
Cleaning and polishing your teeth
Checking your gums
Screening for oral cancer
Examining existing dental work
What are the benefits of Dental Cleaning and Prevention?
Cleaning and polishing: This will remove tartar from your teeth as well as plaque, which is formed from bacteria. If left in place, inflammation will eventually occur. He will then polish your teeth to make them look good, removing stains at the same time.
Evaluating your gums: Your gums and the bone underneath your teeth will be carefully checked to ensure that there are no problems or any disease developing.
X-rays: These will allow the doctor to check inside your jaw bone and teeth for such things as bone loss, problems with development, teeth in the wrong position, tumors, abscesses and any other hidden problems.
Existing dental work: The doctor will check all fillings, crowns, bridges, implants etc. for any damage or signs of wear and tear.