One of the key steps to maintaining good oral health, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, is visiting your dentist at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry twice a year (every six months) for a cleaning and exam. We are proud to serve the patients of Austin to help keep mouths clean and healthy.
A routine dental exam consists of a thorough evaluation of the health of the teeth, gums, and mouth overall. Your dentist will check for signs of plaque and cavities on the teeth and check the gums for any signs of disease as well. An oral cancer screening may also take place and x-rays are usually taken once a year. Oral diseases can develop without obvious symptoms, and being thorough in our evaluations in Austin can help us catch issues while they are in their early stages to get them treated promptly.
Following the exam, a hygienist will usually perform the teeth cleaning. It will begin with the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces up to the gum line and between the teeth. Your hygienist at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry will then brush your teeth using a high-powered electric toothbrush and a toothpaste that has a grittier consistency than the one you use at home. This texture is good for gently scrubbing and polishing the tooth surfaces and removing additional traces of tartar. The cleaning will end with an expert flossing, which serves a double purpose of removing any remaining traces of tartar and can alert the hygienist of any problem areas in the gums where bleeding is observed. A good rinse will clean the mouth of any debris.
Depending on your preferences, a fluoride treatment may follow your dental cleaning. This will help to boost the health of your teeth as fluoride is beneficial for strengthening tooth enamel.
At the end of your appointment, your dentist will usually make a stop to talk with you about the health of your teeth and gums. He or she will let you know of any problems that may have been detected during the dental exam and what will need to be done to maintain good oral health.