Dentistry has evolved over the years, and there is now a strong focus on preventative measures to take to ensure a healthy mouth and body. Professional dental cleaning is a must for your overall health. It is performed by a dental hygienist in a professional dental setting.
A Physical Exam
The oral cavity is carefully examined, using a small mirror to identify gum diseases and other dental issues. In the case of significant concerns, the dentist will take further preventive steps to avoid any oral condition.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
A thorough evaluation and recording of the extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues. It may require the interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures (radiographs). This also includes an evaluation for oral cancer, and recording of the patient's dental and medical history, and a general health assessment. It may include the evaluation and recording of dental caries, missing or unerupted teeth, restorations, existing prostheses, occlusal relationships, periodontal conditions (including screening and charting), hard and soft tissue anomalies, etc. All information reviewed and gathered is necessary for developing a customized, comprehensive treatment plan.
Why are dental radiographs important?
A radiograph examination identifies dental problems that are not visible during a clinical oral exam. It helps in detecting dental problems early and also in determining the following issues:
- Abscesses present at the tooth roots
- Evaluate the progression of temporomandibular disorders
- Identify tumors, cysts, abnormal growths in the mouth, neck, or head
- Tooth decay present between the teeth or under existing restorations
- Evaluate and monitor bone loss in the mouth
- Infection present in the pulp chamber
- Malocclusion or misalignment of the bite
- Identify impacted teeth
- Evaluate the state of existing dental restorations.
Types of Dental Cleaning
Prophylaxis: The removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the tooth structures in the permanent and transitional dentition.
Scaling in the Presence of Generalized Moderate or Severe Gingival Inflammation: The removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from above and below the gumline when there is generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation in the absence of periodontitis (bone loss).
Scaling and Root Planing: The instrumentation of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth to remove plaque and calculus from these surfaces. It is indicated for patients with periodontal disease and is therapeutic, not prophylactic (preventative), in nature.
Surface Stain Removal
No more gritty toothpaste! The Cavitron ProphyJet replaces the traditional "cut and paste" method. It is less abrasive and uses baking soda to remove surface stains from the teeth.
Cure Bad Breath
Bad breath is also known as "halitosis." Bad breath occurs mainly because of poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, dehydration, or consumption of certain foods and drinks.
Visit your dentist regularly.
- Continue to practice a good oral hygiene routine.
- Brush twice a day using Sonicare Electric toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss between teeth using string floss or a Waterpik at least once a day.
- Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
- Brush or rinse your mouth after consuming any food items.
- Quit smoking or chewing tobacco-based products.
- Stay hydrated by drinking frequent sips of water.
Historic Hyde Park Dentistry has been transforming smiles for Decades. Dr. Lori and her team use state-of-the-art technology to correct dental problems and reconstruct malaligned teeth to provide aesthetic and healthy smiles. For inquiries & appointments, please reach out to us at 813-253-3041. You can also visit our office at 612 West De Leon Street, in Tampa, FL 33606.