What to Expect from a Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning

Daily brushing and flossing can sometimes be difficult to maintain and over the years the effects of plaque, tartar buildup, and age can seriously effect your oral health. That is why it is important to maintain a regular professional dental exam and teeth cleaning. Our dentist and hygienist will take the steps necessary for you to have oral health and over all health for years to come.

Routine dental exams are the most effective way of identifying abnormalities in the mouth and preventing potential oral health issues from growing in size and severity in the future. However, many people don’t appreciate the benefits of routine oral exams or feel anxious because they don’t know what to expect during a typical dental check-up. Here’s what to expect on your next routine dental exam and teeth cleaning at East El Paso Dentist.

Initial Oral Examination

The initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations from our dentist. We will also take a complete series of x-rays for the proper diagnosis of the front, back, and pulp of your teeth.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

With the small mirror to guide them, our dental hygienist will use a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as hard to reach spaces between your teeth. Hearing scraping is a normal part of the experience. The more plaque and tartar there is in your mouth, the more time the hygienist will need to scrape a particular spot until it’s completely clean.

Teeth Polishing

Tooth polishing is a dental procedure that leaves your tooth enamel glossy and smooth, however, it doesn’t just have cosmetic benefits for your teeth. This procedure, when paired with dental scaling and root planing, can leave your breath fresh and help you avoid tooth decay. Our dentist may use a specialized paste similar to toothpaste for this process.

Flossing Between Teeth

Once your teeth are polished, they will be flossed by our dentist or hygienist. This professional flossing will remove any lingering debris and bacteria.

Rinsing & Flouride Treatment

Your mouth will receive a final rinse to eliminate leftover residue or debris from the teeth cleaning. Our dentist or hygienist will begin applying fluoride on your teeth for added protection. This will help in fighting off cavities, germs, and other diseases for a longer duration of time.  

Schedule a Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning Today!

Schedule an appointment today by calling (915) 621-2880, or visit our Contact Us page to send a message to our front desk. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about dental exams, treatments, or financial options available to our El Paso, TX dental patients.