Cleanings and Prevention
Oral hygiene visits maintain oral health and prevent decay and disease.
Prevention refers to taking the steps to maintain or regain a healthy smile. This is a cooperative effort between a patient, registered dental hygienist, and dentist, working together to preserve your natural mouth structures (teeth, bone, and gum health).
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also preventive treatment options to help protect the teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
What to expect at your dental hygiene visit
Your oral hygiene care is personalized for your needs, including how often it is recommended for you to have a hygiene visit. For most patients, oral hygiene visits are recommended on a 6-month interval. While some individuals, such as people with periodontal disease, need more regular visits (3 or 4-month), depending on their needs. Below is what to expect at a full hygiene visit (typically once per year) while other visits may include fewer steps.
The assessment happens at the beginning of the hygiene appointment. This includes a review of your current oral home care, health information, and concerns you may have.
Your hygienist will take a series of x-rays (radiographs) including bite-wing, panoramic, and P.A. x-rays as needed. Your hygienist will also perform a full mouth probe to evaluate gum health, a visual exam inside the mouth, and take intra-oral photos to gain a better view of areas of decay or special concern.