Exams & Cleanings
Part of maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine is visiting your dentist in Billerica and Chelmsford regularly for a dental exam and cleaning. At Center for Adult Dental Care, our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care to maintain good oral health.
Importance of cleanings and exams
It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam twice a year (approximately every six months). The reason for this is that, while brushing and flossing are helpful for keeping the teeth clean on a day-to-day basis, there can still be traces of plaque and/or food debris left behind on the teeth. These substances are potentially harmful to the teeth as bacteria live in it and produce acids that can eat away at the tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay or periodontal disease. Only a dentist or hygienist will be able to remove these harmful substances to preserve your oral health.
It is also important to have regular dental exams because, unlike health issues in other areas of the body that present clear signs, oral diseases typically do not present symptoms until they have reached a more progressive stage where treatment becomes more complicated and expensive. Having regular examinations gives your dentist the opportunity to check the teeth, gums, and mouth overall for signs of developing issues and treating them early.
During a dental cleaning, which is usually performed by a hygienist, traces of plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth surfaces using dental tools. The teeth will be brushed with a special toothpaste (which is grittier in texture than store-bought toothpaste) and an electric toothbrush. You will also receive a thorough flossing.
Your dentist at Center for Adult Dental Care will inspect the teeth and gums for signs of decay or damage, as well as the development of oral diseases such as gum disease. Digital x-rays are usually taken once a year and an oral cancer screening may also be part of the exam.
If it has been a while since your last exam and cleaning, be sure to make an appointment at Center for Adult Dental Care in Billerica today.