Dental Exams and Cleanings in Plano Texas
PREVENTING PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY START
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Your dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Whether these X-rays are traditional or digital, the images provided will help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. They may offer several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If your dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your dentist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
“I am sure we all know how hard it is to clean your teeth with braces on. I have braces on about one year and I needed deep cleaning for my teeth. Dr. Bellingham was very patient, he answered all of my questions and he made sure every single tooth is clean. I didn’t do any whitening, but my teeth look whiter than before. Yeah, I would recommend Dr. Bellingham.”
“Went to get a cleaning done and Dr. Bellingham and Jen were great! The atmosphere feels welcoming as soon as you walk in the office. Very friendly and professional! Highly recommend them. Will definitely be coming back again👍!”
“Dr. Adam Bellingham is a very good dentist. He is very knowledgeable, personable, and friendly. He is very thorough and aims to please. He is a gentle dentist and does very good work. His office is equipped with the very latest equipment, including a CT scanner that has the ability to x-ray the entire mouth. We HIGHLY recommend Bellingham Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas”