Whether it’s your first visit here or you’ve been a patient for years, we at Surrey Place Dental Group will make sure that your visit is as pleasant and relaxed as possible. It’s important that you come in for your regular appointments every 4 to 6 months in order for us to help you maintain your oral health. Coming in on this schedule allows us to keep your gums and teeth in pristine condition and allows us to spot any problems with your oral health before it becomes a larger issue. Don’t wait until a tooth hurts before you come in for your next cleaning, as this usually results in a more complicated and costly fix than simply maintaining your teeth over time.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR EXAM AND CLEANING APPOINTMENT:
You will be greeted by our friendly reception staff and asked to fill out any paperwork we may need. If this is your first time visiting our office, please arrive 15 minutes early so that we can make sure the necessary paperwork is complete before your appointment is set to begin. Once your appointment time arrives, your hygienist or CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) will escort you to the room where your appointment will begin. We will begin the appointment by updating any changes in your medical history (medications, etc.)
Your hygienist or CDA may take some X-rays of your teeth in order for us to fully visualize the areas in between the teeth and the supporting bone. This will assist us in diagnosing the health of your teeth and the strength of the surrounding tissues. We make sure to only take the radiographs we deem necessary and are happy to answer any questions you have about the reasons we take any particular images.
One of our experienced dentists will then come in to perform your exam, taking care to evaluate not only the condition of your teeth, but your gums and supporting bone and tissues as well. They will address any concerns they have regarding your oral health and explain any recommended treatment.
In order to perform your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use specialized tools to gently remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated around your teeth and gums. Although most routine cleanings can be completed in one appointment, please keep in mind that in some circumstances multiple appointments may be needed to complete your cleaning. This is especially true if it has been more than 6 months since your last appointment.
Polish and Fluoride
The hygienist or CDA will use a soft rubber cup and special toothpaste to gently polish your teeth, removing any remaining plaque and staining to restore your teeth to a healthy shine. The final step is a fluoride treatment for your teeth, which is important to strengthen the enamel (outer layer) of your teeth. Fluoride treatment has been shown to be a very safe and effective tool in the prevention of cavities.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
At Surrey Place Dental, we recommend that you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a routine examination and cleaning. If you have a history of periodontal disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often in order to prevent the recurrence of infections or disease.
Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up over time on the teeth and under the gums. If teeth are not cleaned regularly inflammation can occur, and this can lead to gum disease.
So, if you were wondering, “Are regular teeth cleanings necessary?” the answer is yes. It’s important to visit the dentist or hygienist so that they can remove tartar between teeth which helps prevent a host of additional overall health problems.