Your regularly scheduled check-up is often referred
to as a "cleaning", but there is much more to it than
that! The technical term is oral prophylaxis, which means
prevention of oral disease.
One way to prevent oral disease is to remove harmful
plaque and tartar (calculus) both above and below the gum line.
You may also be given special instructions on brushing or flossing
to keep clean the areas where we found significant buildup. That
is the familiar "cleaning" part of your checkup.
It's easy to tell which tooth has been "cleaned"
in this photo!
Another way to prevent oral disease is by early detection
and treatment. During your checkup you will be screened for many potential
threats to your oral health, including:
In addition, some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, often present
themselves first inside the mouth, so early detection extends beyond just
Your Dental Hygienist is your first-line of defense against oral disease.
Your hygienist is a highly trained professional who can evaluate your
teeth and gums, both visually and with the assistance of x-rays and other
modern technology, to discover threats to your oral or general health.
Your dentist will review the findings of your hygienist and advise you
on any threats to your oral or general health.