Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional dental cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.
Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.
Oral Exam Overview
- Update of medical and dental history chart
- An examination of your teeth and soft tissues.
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Tissue and bone assessment
- Tooth stability and bite examination
- Cleaning and polishing of your teeth
- Oral hygiene review
- General Patient concerns and questions on dental health
DENTAL PROPHYLAXIS (Teeth Cleaning)
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Dental prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.
BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
Preparing For a Dental Exam
The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.
Professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis is one of the tools Doctors Hudec, Chan, LoPresti, or Schuster can use to effectively halt its progression.
Patient Review from Sean M
So pleased with services provided. Every one in your office are caring professionals. Dr Chan answered all questions and concerns I had and put me at ease with what will be done to fix my teeth. So happy with choosing Mayfield Smiles.
- Sean M
Patient Review from Mandy H
My provider was very friendly, skilled, and professional.
- Mandy H
Patient Review from Megan p
Extremely courteous and very professional! I felt welcome from the second I opened the door to when I left the building. Thank you for a great experience! I’m actually looking forward to returning for my next cleaning!
- Megan p
Patient Review from Charlie L
Friendliest and most professional staff of any office I’ve ever been to. I am very happy that they are still in my insurance network because it would be hard to find another dentist that is attentive to my needs and always explains every issue and procedure that has been done.
- Charlie L
Patient Review from Barbara W
The technician that clean my teeth did a good job it was very helpful and answering any questions I had
- Barbara W
Patient Review from Brian K
Everyone was friendly . The facility is lovely and calming.
- Brian K
Patient Review from Chuck D
Dr LoPresti is amazing
- Chuck D
Patient Review from Diana G
Very professional check up. Sensitive to my needs.
- Diana G
Patient Review from Lana B
Angela is a fabulous dental hygienist and of course I love Dr. LoPresti!! The office building is beautiful, warm and inviting. Receptionists are always friendly and helpful.
- Lana B
Patient Review from Mia B
Very professional and friendly staff. I would highly recommend if someone is in need of quality dental care.
- Mia B
Patient Review from Miriam W
We were very comfortable in the office and felt the staff was excellent. Looking forward to returning for treatment
- Miriam W
Patient Review from Sasha F
Rita is very talented, kind, and did a expert job cleaning my teeth. The cherry lip gloss was a great freebie, too.
- Sasha F
Patient Review from Rick A
Easy greeting/sign in Dr. Schuster I trust and respect. He takes great care to do his best, which is quite good in my estimation.
- Rick A
Patient Review from Jess L
Always great to come in everyone is always very nice.
- Jess L
Patient Review from Paul C
Had a great time
- Paul C
Patient Review from Nancy S
It is always a pleasure coming to your office!
- Nancy S
Patient Review from Mary A
I experienced a pleasant secretary and a friendly and knowledgeable X-ray technician
- Mary A
Patient Review from Diedre S
Rita was excellent
- Diedre S
Patient Review from Jim R
Everyone is so very nice, as well as professional. I dont do well with visits to the dentist and I feel everyone is most accommodating. Two thumbs up for everyone at Mayfield Smiles!
- Jim R
Patient Review from max f
Absolutely love the staff here, I've never liked going to the dentist but they make it comfortable. Dr. Chan is the best dentist I've ever had and Angela the dental hygienist have really taken good care of me!
- max f