Dental Exams & Cleanings
A diligent at-home oral hygiene routine can make the difference between outstanding oral health and a succession of dental problems. But brushing at home isn’t enough – you need to combine this effort with regular professional cleanings and exams to ensure a lifetime free from complicated oral health problems.
At Gill Dental, we focus on educating our patients about the importance of preventive services like regular exams and dental cleanings so we can help them achieve the best possible oral health. Staying a step ahead of problems with preventive care is the easiest way to minimize the risk of costly and complicated dental procedures in the future.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
Our exams focus on your entire mouth to detect problems that may be developing, like the onset of periodontal disease, problems with your dental bite, and even early signs of oral cancer.
If you’re a new patient, Dr. Gill will take the opportunity to talk to you about your long-term goals for a healthy mouth. As we build a relationship with you over time, we’ll learn more about your expectations and how we can help you reach your goals in the way that makes the most sense for you.
During all of our routine dental exams we will:
- Perform a visual exam, including an oral cancer screening
- Note the condition of any existing dental work
- Check your dental bite for malocclusion
- Take digital x-rays (if needed) to look for problems inside your teeth
The Importance of Professional Cleanings
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth at home, you still need regular professional dental cleanings to completely remove the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. At Gill Dental, we agree with the American Dental Association’s guidelines and recommend semi-annual cleanings for all our patients.
Cleanings twice a year are sufficient for many patients, but for those with a history of gum disease, we usually recommend more frequent cleanings.
Treating Gum Disease
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious threat to your oral health and overall well-being. If we don’t catch gum disease in the early stages, it can cause teeth to loosen and will eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
The earliest stage of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis. In most cases, it can be treated with a routine dental cleaning and improved home care. However, if we find that gum disease has progressed to the next stage, periodontitis, we will recommend a deep cleaning to eliminate the bacteria and infected tissue.
During a deep cleaning, we will use our ultrasonic scaler to comfortably remove plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria above and below the gum line. During this process, the surface of the tooth is smoothed so affected gum tissue can heal and naturally reattach to the tooth. Depending on the extent of infection, Dr. Gill may also prescribe antibiotics and schedule a follow-up deep cleaning.
Please Call to Arrange Your Next Dental Cleaning
Achieving excellent oral health is possible for everyone, and it starts with prevention. If you’d like to take the first step toward making your teeth as healthy as possible, please call our Williams dental office to arrange your next dental exam and cleaning.