What happens at a dental cleaning or exam?
Routine dental cleanings and dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During your dental visit you will have a thorough cleaning and examination by the hygienist and the dentist respectively. After your teeth are cleaned, we will be checking your head, neck and mouth for current or future issues. Outside of the mouth we will be looking for abnormalities, swellings, and TMJ issues. Inside the mouth we will be looking for cavities, early detection of wisdom tooth problems, gum disease, abnormal soft tissue areas and do an oral cancer screening during every exam. A dental exam occasionally may also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures when needed.
At West Ridgewood Dental Professionals, we will educate each one of our patients on the importance of prevention and how to best care for their oral health. Our dentists and hygienists are trained to discuss best home-care techniques for you, diet, smoking cessation, and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health. During these exams we can also discuss cosmetic enhancements which may interest you. If you are nervous or anxious about coming to the dentist, please share your concerns with us so we can make your visit as pleasant as possible. We pride ourselves in converting fearful patients to ones who love and enjoy their dental visit. We can modify your visit to best accommodate your needs and make you comfortable in a non-judgement zone. Give us a try and you will see!