As your dental team, we want you to schedule hygiene appointments and dental cleanings every six months.
Depending on your dental and gum health needs, we may even recommend more frequent exams as part of your overall treatment plan.
Scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy and help our hygiene team detect any early conditions in your overall health, including oral cancer, gum disease, and bone loss.
We also find that our younger patients who get dental exams early in life, learn better brushing and flossing habits and enjoy going to the dentist as they grow up.
And, we love it when our patients say they love to go to the dentist!
Our regular dental hygiene cleanings are extremely comprehensive:
- Health history review
- Digital X-rays suited to specific patient need
- Full mouth periodontal exam
- Charting of existing restorations
- Intra-oral photo tour of your mouth
- Dental cleaning or periodontal treatment, based on your dental health needs
- Oral cancer screening and head and neck exam
- DIAGNOdent early detection device for cavities and their severity (when applicable)
- Cosmetic analysis to review shape and shade of teeth
- Orthodontic evaluation and TMJ exam
- Comprehensive oral evaluation by Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe
Who will perform my dental exam and cleaning?
Our dental team works together to conduct your exam and cleaning. Dr. Simone or Dr.Lowe will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation. Our incredibly experienced dental hygienists will perform the cleaning, also called prophylaxis, and other key components of your visit. Together, we promise to focus on taking care of you and your family. Visit our Meet Our Team page to learn more about our hygienists. After your dental hygiene exam and cleaning, Dr. Simone or Dr. Lowe will consult with you to review your treatment plan and next steps.
We offer two ways to schedule your dental hygiene appointment for you and your family members:
Why are regular dental cleanings so important?
Regular dental exams and cleanings are important because they help remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that occur from everyday diet and dental care choices. The foods you eat and the frequency of which you brush and floss your teeth have a long-term impact on the health of your teeth. During your routine dental exam or check-up, Dr. Simone, Dr. Lowe, and our hygiene team can evaluate important details about your overall health.
What diseases can be found during a dental exam?
Regular dental exams and cleanings also help us detect health-related issues you might be experiencing, including oral cancer, other gum diseases, poor nutrition, tooth grinding, and other concerns.
Oral-systemic health makes the connection between your dental health and the rest of your body. Many health issues can be found during a routine dental exam. Some concerns include:
- Oral Cancer
- Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep Apnea
- Premature and Low-Weight Births
- Heart Disease and Stroke