The average American visits the dentist twice a year, as per a dentist’s suggestion. During the appointment, the dentist and a hygienist evaluate the state of your mouth by providing a dental cleaning followed by a comprehensive exam, which screens a number of differing areas.
Today, Dr. Vi Truong-Mai, your Garland, TX dentist, discusses what occurs during a dental cleaning and oral examination.
What to Expect from a Dental Cleaning
- In the treatment room, a hygienist begins the cleaning, which is essentially a more in depth method of brushing your teeth. First, the hygienist checks for soft spots by gently applying pressure to each tooth with a metal tool. Then, with the same tool, the hygienist removes any plaque or tartar build-up between your teeth.
- Once your teeth have been cleared of debris, the hygienist polishes your teeth with specialized toothpaste and concludes the dental cleaning by flossing your teeth. After your mouth is clean, the dentist comes in to complete the examination.
- Your Garland, TX dentist checks various areas in your mouth. She looks for any signs of oral cancer by noting any growths or discolorations on your soft tissues. Then, she looks at your dental restorations for signs of excessive wear and tear. Next, she observes your teeth to ensure there isn’t any tooth decay, root decay, or gum disease present.
- Depending upon Dr. Mai’s findings, you may require treatment. This could range from needing a filling to having a crown replaced. However, if you teeth have been given a bill of clean oral health, your visit is finished. At this time, feel free to pose any questions or concerns you have.
For Preventative Care, Visit Mai Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
If you’re in need of a professional dental cleaning, take care to visit Dr. Mai. The cleaning paired with a dental exam ensures your mouth is free of oral illnesses and diseases. To schedule an appointment with your Garland, TX dental practice, call us at (972) 530-0552. Also, visit our website to view services, print patient forms, and to read more about our team. We look forward to treating patients from Garland, Richardson, Plano, Sachse, Rowlett, and surrounding cities.