Cleaning and X-Rays
Maintaining optimal oral health starts at home with a personal oral hygiene regimen that includes daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, after every meal. However, you also need to schedule regular visits for professional dental cleaning, exam & x-rays.
You can do a lot on your own to keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy, but dental professionals have the training and tools to reach areas you can’t get to on your own. What can you expect when you visit the caring and experienced dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental for your cleaning and x-rays?
Dental Exam & X-Rays
When you arrive for your dental exam, the professionals at Fioritto Family Dental will start with an exam and x-rays to assess your oral health. The visual examination includes looking for visible signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health concerns, as well as performing an oral cancer screening.
This may be followed by x-rays, although they’re not always necessary with every visit. X-rays allow dental professionals to spot dangers lurking within your teeth, such as tooth decay, that are not visible to the naked eye. Following the examination and x-rays, your doctor will outline a plan for your oral health moving forward. These include a regular schedule of cleanings and other needed steps, such as addressing cavities, bleeding gums, or other issues related to tooth decay or gum disease.
Dental Cleaning Procedure
During regular check-ups, you’ll undergo a standard dental cleaning procedure. This is typically administered by highly trained dental hygienists using handheld instruments or an ultrasonic scaler to remove any plaque or tartar deposits on your teeth.
How is this different from your at-home cleaning regimen? Dental hygienists have the training and tools necessary to clean hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and below the gum line – areas you can’t reach on your own.
It’s important to express any questions or concerns to your dentist and hygienist so that they can make your visit as comfortable as possible. The dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental want every patient to have a positive and productive experience, and this starts with communication.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
The food and bacteria in your mouth can leave sticky film deposits on your teeth that turn into plaque and tartar over time. This, in turn, can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth, opening the door to tooth decay. If left untreated, it can also irritate soft tissues and lead to infections and gum disease. Professional help is needed to address tartar and plaque and to treat resulting issues like cavities to eliminate minor oral health issues before they become major problems.
With help from the caring dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental, you can maintain optimal oral health and enjoy a beautiful smile. Contact us today at 440-951-5511 or online to schedule your appointment for cleaning and x-rays.