During your appointment, we’ll examine your teeth, gums, and underlying structures. For example, we may need to take dental x-rays so we can take a look at your jawbone. We’ll also check the condition of any dental restorations in your mouth, such as crowns.
After the initial, one of our hygienists will clean your teeth. First, they’ll use a dental tool called a “scaler” to gently scrape away plaque and tartar buildup. While you can remove plaque at home, only dental professionals can remove tartar.
Next, we’ll polish your teeth with a special gritty toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush. The last step of your teeth cleaning is to floss. One of our Wyoming, MI dentists will then do a final check of your teeth and gums.
You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have during your dental exam. One of our dentists can give you advice for how to maintain good oral health from home. They’ll also be able to recommend dental services if you want to improve the look of your smile.
Do I Really Need an Oral Examination?
Yes, you need an oral examination at least every 6 months. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, our dentists need to check the condition of your gums and jawbone. It’s not uncommon for patients who wear dentures to have receding gums or to lose bone density in their jaw. Dental exams give our dentists the chance to catch these issues before they cause lasting damage to your smile.