The Importance of a Professional Dental Cleaning
Even if you brush and floss carefully every day, your smile is still susceptible to tartar buildup and decay. The resulting oral health issues sometimes go unnoticed until they are detected by a professional dentist. For this reason, the team of dentists at Jersey City Dental recommend scheduling a dental cleaning and exam every six months.
Regular cleanings and exams are the best way to help our team monitor your oral health before the onset of serious issues. For your convenience, we accept various types of insurance at our Jersey City, NJ, office. In many cases, your biannual exam and cleaning may even be partially or fully covered under your dental insurance.
What to Expect during an Exam and Cleaning
Although the specifics of your appointment will depend on the health of your smile, most visits include imaging, an exam, and a thorough cleaning.
If you are visiting our office for the first time, we will normally begin an exam by taking x-rays of your smile. These images allow us to get a comprehensive understanding of your oral health and identify issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. Our office uses digital x-rays, so the images are typically ready to view immediately and with minimal radiation exposure.
Because gum disease has been linked to heart disease and other health concerns, regular visits to the dentist can actually help you promote your overall health.
One of our dentists will then evaluate the overall health of your smile by checking your bite and soft tissues for any signs of damage or disease. During this time, we may also perform an oral cancer screening. If we identify any outstanding oral health issues such as cavities or gum disease, we will also help you choose a treatment plan that best addresses your needs.
We will begin your cleaning by using a special tool to remove plaque and tartar along the gum line and across the surface of your teeth. Once these buildups have been eliminated, we can use a special gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth and send you home with a smile that looks and feels clean.
Taking care of your smile does not stop when you leave our office. We want to provide our patients with the tools and knowledge to take care of their smiles between appointments. After your cleaning, one of our team members will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you.
The Importance of Regular Exams
Because gum disease has been linked to heart disease and other health concerns, regular visits to the dentist can actually help you promote your overall health. For patients who are especially susceptible to oral health concerns, including smokers, diabetic patients, and older patients, these exams are especially important.
Paying for Your Cleaning and Exam
Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of biannual exams or require you to pay a very small copay. Because an exam can help us detect oral health issues early on before they require costly or invasive treatments, a regular exam can help you save money in the long-run.