We Believe In Prevention!
Research shows there’s a strong relationship between your oral health and your overall health; therefore, taking good care of your mouth is a big part of taking good care of your whole body. In addition to brushing and flossing, our Buford Dentist highly recommends professional cleaning every 6 months to keep your teeth and gums in good shape.
Typical Dental Exam and Cleaning Appointment:
- A thorough inspection of your mouth, teeth and gums – looking for any signs of gum disease, loose or broken teeth, a damaged tooth filling or tooth decay. Some exams may include an examination of your head and neck, your bite and the movement of your jaw.
- Dental X-rays.
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Professional Teeth Cleaning – Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, polished and flossed, leaving them fresh and gleaming.
Dental Exam & Cleaning FAQs
I don’t feel any pain, so everything must be ok?
No pain means no problems is the most common misconception why people avoid the dentist. Unfortunately, most dental conditions including cavities, gum disease and oral cancer give little or no warning, because they may remain painless for months or even many years. By the time a person is in pain, the dental problem is usually so advanced that the treatment required may be much more involved, costly and may require more down time after the procedure.
Everyday, we see patients with untreated cavities that eventually cause infection to the nerves and blood supply within the tooth. A tooth that may have only needed a simple and inexpensive filling a few months ago will now require a root canal or surgical removal of the tooth.
The same is true for patients with gum disease. Gum disease can progress quietly for many years before it becomes advanced and teeth become loose or cause pain. While early gum disease can usually be treated with a deep cleaning under the gum, advanced gum disease may require gum surgery and antibiotics.
Oral cancer is also something that our dentist looks for on every dental examination. Tragically, those who avoid dental care are often the victims of aggressive forms of oral cancer that are difficult to treat. Those who wait for an unusual growth in the mouth to become painful may be taking a gamble. Oral cancer has a 50%, five-year fatality rate.
How often should I get a regular checkup?
At least twice a year for dental cleanings and check-up examinations. You will save time and money by treating all dental problems as soon as they occur and greatly improve your oral health. In fact, some research suggests that those in good dental health will actually live longer than people who do not take care of their teeth. It is also important for people without teeth to see their dentist at least once a year. The dentist will need to check the fit of removable dentures and also look for any signs of oral cancer.
Does my dental insurance cover exam and cleaning?
Most dental insurance cover exam and regular cleaning twice a year.
No Insurance? No Problem!
We are proud to offer our very affordable In-House Savings Plan . It is Better than Insurance – with no deductibles, no maximum yearly benefit, and no treatment limitations.
Is the exam and cleaning procedure painful?
Most if not all of our dental patients find routine teeth cleaning to be painless. The cooling mist of water, mild vibrations, and the pressure felt during “scraping” does not generally caused discomfort. Please let us know if the cleaning is beginning to cause pain, so that we can recommend alternative options to make your teeth cleaning more enjoyable.
How long does this appointment last?
Most dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour on average, and are performed in a lying position in a comfortable dental chair.