What Are Dental Exams & Cleanings?
Dental exams and cleanings are the most essential components of preventive dentistry. They are designed to keep the teeth healthy and strong so that more serious problems do not develop.
During an exam, our dentist uses specialized instruments to inspect the teeth, gums, and other soft tissues to check for symptoms of decay, gingivitis, and other issues.
During a cleaning, our dentist and hygienists use tools like lights, mirrors, and picks to eliminate plaque, food particles, and bacteria that builds on the teeth over time. When left unchecked, plaque can eat through dental enamel and cause cavities and infections, so it is essential it be removed.
Why Are They Necessary?
Unfortunately, the majority of people do not take proper care of their teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the average individual brush and floss their teeth twice a day. However, many people only brush their teeth once a day, and very few floss on a regular basis.
When the teeth aren’t cleaned properly, the plaque left behind by food and beverages accumulates and starts to wear down the teeth, causing cavities, gingivitis, and more serious problems like infections and periodontal disease.
An exam and cleaning can get rid of this buildup. The exam also identifies issues early, meaning our patients at Empire Parkway Dental Group can receive treatment sooner and potentially prevent more serious problems from developing.
Who Should Receive Treatment?
The exam and cleaning is the most basic service offered by dentists. People of all ages, including children and those with synthetic teeth like dentures, need to see a dentist twice a year to maintain optimal oral health and wellness.
If you are unsure about receiving treatment, you can contact our office in Folsom, CA, and explain your situation. We are currently accepting new patients and strive to keep our treatments as affordable and comprehensive as possible so everyone can receive the dental care they need and deserve.