Dental Cleanings and Exams in Broomall
Managing your dental health is about more than a nice smile. Poor dental health has been linked to a wide range of other health issues and if you don’t stay on top of your dental health, it can have a big impact on your overall well being. That is why regular dental exams and cleaning are so important, but many people don’t visit the dentist as often as they should.
Dr. Sander I. White and his expert team can provide the preventative dentistry services that you need to stay on top of your dental health. Everybody over the age of four needs to visit the dentist for a checkup at least twice a year. However, if you have experienced issues with gum disease in the past, you may need to visit more often. If you do not have regular checkups, you are likely to experience issues with bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
It is estimated that 91% of adults will have a tooth cavity at some point in their lives and 23% of children aged between 2 and 11 are not getting the dental care that they need. We are here to change that so if you and your family have not been in for a dental exam and cleaning in the last 6 months, it’s important that you schedule an appointment right away.
Why Are Dental Exams Important?
In most cases, dental health issues are relatively easy to deal with when they are identified early. Plaque and bacteria build up for a while before it starts causing cavities. If this is picked up during a dental exam and you have a professional cleaning, you can avoid that cavity. The same is true of issues like gum disease, which can be treated with a good oral hygiene routine if it is in its early stages. However, if gum disease is allowed to develop for too long, more extensive surgical procedures may be necessary. Preventative dentistry not only helps to protect your dental health, but it can also save you a lot of money because you can avoid expensive procedures. Professional cleaning is covered by most standard dental insurance plans, so a 6 month checkup and cleaning is the most cost effective way to look after your dental health and prevent any serious issues in the future.
What Can You Expect From Your Next Checkup?
If you are falling behind with preventative dentistry and you only schedule an appointment when you have a specific problem, it’s important that you schedule a checkup right away. Some patients experience anxiety about visiting the dentist, which is why it is useful to know what to expect from your next checkup.
Medical History and Physical Exam
If this is the first time that you have visited us for a checkup, you will be asked to fill out some forms about your medical history and any dental health issues that you have experienced in the past. Preventative dentistry is far more effective if our team understands the specific problems that you have. Before meeting with Dr. White, one of our hygienists will use a small mirror and periodontal probe to inspect your mouth. The results of this inspection, along with any information that you give us about potential problem areas, will be used to determine whether any further treatment is needed.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Removing plaque and tartar from the teeth is one of the most important parts of preventative dentistry. If this plaque and tartar is allowed to sit on the teeth, it will cause decay but it is very simple to remove. One of our trained hygienists will use a tool known as a scaler to gently scrape tartar and plaque from the teeth. Our experienced team will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process so there is no need for anaesthetic. In most cases, you will only need one appointment but if there is a significant buildup of tartar and plaque in certain areas, you may need multiple appointments.
Polishing the teeth is important as it ensures that all plaque and tartar are removed and your teeth are perfectly clean. The hygienist will use a sonic cleaning tool and a special gritty toothpaste to clean and polish your teeth to perfection.
Flossing and Rinsing
Flossing at home is an important part of your oral hygiene routine at home and it’s also a vital part of preventative dentistry. Once our hygienist has polished your teeth, they will floss between each tooth to remove any remaining plaque and bacteria. If there is any bleeding, this will be noted down so it can be addressed later on. Once the flossing is complete, your mouth will be rinsed out with fresh water.
Inspection By Dr. Sander White
After the hygienist has finished all of their exams and cleaning treatments, you will then be examined by Dr. White. During this examination, your teeth, gums, palate and oral tissues will be thoroughly checked over for any potential issues. X-rays may also be taken if necessary. At this point, you will be scheduled for further appointments if you require any more treatments.
Before leaving the practice, the final step is to rinse your mouth out with a fluoride treatment rinse. This will protect your teeth and help to strengthen your enamel.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Concepts?
Preventative dentistry is so important if you want to protect your teeth and gums. If you haven’t had a checkup in the last 6 months, get in touch and schedule an appointment today. We are dedicated to providing a personalized service for all of our patients at every appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental exam and cleaning, we are always happy to take you through the process.
Dr. Sander I. White has over 35 years of experience practicing dentistry and he has invested over 2000 hours in dental courses, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. If you have been neglecting preventative dentistry, contact us to schedule an appointment today!