The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your local dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every 6 months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing your local dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam at our Las Vegas dental office, Dr. Edington will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Dr. Edington may also want to take X-rays of your mouth to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help him discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Professional teeth cleanings
Getting your teeth cleaned professionally is another way to keep your teeth healthy. In additional to brushing and flossing regularly, a teeth cleaning should be part of your oral hygiene. A teeth cleaning in our Las Vegas office involves removing plaque and tartar build up from your teeth that can’t be removed by brushing at home. Additionally, a professional teeth cleaning can help detect the early signs of gum disease.
Professional teeth cleaning includes the following benefits:
- Plaque removal
- Tartar removal
- Teeth polishing
- Identification of oral health problems
- Fresh breath
During a teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist will begin by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth and that no periodontal disease or bone loss is occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. They may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort.
If Dr. Edington or your hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Edington will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
Sometimes, teeth need to be cleaned more thoroughly than they can be cleaned in a normal teeth cleaning session. Deep cleaning cleans the surfaces of your teeth above and below the gumline and smooths out the roots of your teeth so that your gums can adhere to the roots again. This process helps prevent gum disease from getting worse. Although this is a non-surgical procedure, Dr. Edington may recommend a local anesthetic for your comfort.
Contact our Las Vegas dentist office to schedule your first dental exam and professional cleaning with Dr. Edington.