Virginia Family Dentistry has multiple hygienists in each location who work with the general dentists to offer comprehensive cleanings and exams.
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Routine Check-Ups and Cleanings
Patients should see the dentist two times a year even if they follow a diligent oral care routine at home. The dentist and hygienist will be able to spot early signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems. Many dental problems do not become apparent to the patient until there is pain or sensitivity, when the problem has become advanced.
How often should you see the dentist?
For most patients, two visits a year is sufficient. However, some patients will need to visit more often if there is a high risk for conditions such as periodontal disease. Other high-risk patients include smokers and diabetics.
What to expect during your visit
A routine visit includes a professional cleaning, an exam performed by a dentist, and x-rays. During the exam the dentist will check the surfaces of your teeth, review your xrays, and check for oral cancer. The dentist will also discuss your health history at this visit, taking note of past dental issues, allergies, medications, chronic conditions, and recent surgeries or illnesses. Virginia Family Dentistry will also check your blood pressure at this appointment.
What happens during the cleaning?
A professional cleaning removes dental plaque (also called calculus or tartar) that builds up in hard to reach places. The hygienist will use a scaler to scrape tartar off of teeth above and below the gum line. The hygienist will then polish the teeth and floss.
What does the dentist look for during the exam?
During the exam portion of the visit, the dentist will examine teeth for signs of decay, check the gums for redness or swelling, and measure the depth of the gingival pockets. The dentist will also check bite and look for issues involving the TMJ. An oral cancer check occurs during every dental exam.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Sometimes a deep cleaning will be necessary. A deep cleaning (or scaling and root planning) removes calculus (tartar), bacteria, and debris from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. The presence of tartar in this pocket area or below the gum lie allows bacteria to collect that cannot be removed by home care of even a regular cleaning. It is important to remove this bacteria as it can cause inflammation, leading to bone and tooth loss.
During the deep cleaning, a local anesthetic will be used. Calculus, plaque, bacteria and debris will be removed above and below the gum line. It is possible that a follow-up appointment will be made to ensure the teeth and gums are healthier.
Need to schedule a check-up and cleaning? Contact the most convenient location to you.