Dental Exams and Cleanings

Preventing Problems Before They Start

The health of your teeth and mouth is crucial to the well-being of your entire body. Although routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile remains beautiful.

By routinely seeing us for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in our office
  • Enjoy a smile that will last a lifetime

The Exam

During your exam, Dr. McClendon will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. He may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help us discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Cleanings

The dentist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to spot signs of cavities, check the quality of existing fillings or other restorations you have, and any other areas of concern.

Then he will then perform a periodic exam to check the condition of your teeth and gums, and see whether there are new issues that need to be taken care of. If there are, you will be informed. 

Next, Dr. McClendon will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then he will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.

Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let us know. We may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If we find tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits.

In severe cases, our office may recommend Periodontal(Gum) Treatment. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.

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