Exams and Cleanings
Exams and Cleanings in Beaumont
New Patient Oral Exam
What to Expect During the Oral Exam
Our oral exam begins with one of our registered dental hygienists examining each tooth for early signs of decay. We’ll probe each tooth, checking for soft or sticky spots that may indicate the beginnings of a cavity. Once a year, we take digital x-rays to check for any decay developing between the teeth or just below the enamel surface of the tooth.
We’ll also conduct periodontal charting. During this step, we measure the depth of the gum pockets around your teeth. A depth of more than four millimeters may indicate the presence of gum disease.
Other components of a comprehensive oral exam at West End Dental include:
Oral Cancer Screening
Dental Cleaning for Oral Hygiene
The final step of the checkup is a thorough dental cleaning. We use a soft rotator and fluoride toothpaste, in a choice of flavors, to clean the facial, lingual and chewing surfaces of each tooth. In most cases, this cleaning is sufficient to remove plaque. If tartar is found, our hygienist may need to use a special hand tool to remove this hard, dried-on substance.
Finally, we’ll carefully floss between each tooth, making sure to reach all the way down to the gum line to remove the thin line of plaque that may accumulate there.