Cleanings & Exams

Cleaning, X-rays and Exams

Regular examinations, by Dr. Snow, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat.

Routine dental care is the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. Despite our best oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing daily, plaque still accumulates on our teeth. Plaque is a by-product of bacteria that live in our mouths. While daily brushing and flossing can eliminate plaque in its soft form, plaque hardens into tartar, which brushing and flossing can’t remove.

Once tartar begins to accumulate, bacteria can hide there and do permanent damage to the enamel on your teeth. Tartar can also absorb stains from nicotine, coffee, tea, cola, and other foods. During a twice-annual visit to the dentist, a dental hygienist will remove the tartar that has accumulated on your teeth. Removing tartar is an important step in preventing both tooth decay and periodontal disease. Regular tartar removal restores the naturally healthy appearance of your teeth.

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Removing Tartar Buildup

We use an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from your teeth. An ultrasonic scaler is a fast, painless way to remove tartar build-up from the surface of your teeth. The tip of an ultrasonic scaler resembles a metal hook that vibrates rapidly. A stream of water flows across the tip. The vibrating tip creates clouds of tiny water bubbles that break and remove the tartar that has accumulated there. The flowing water also prevents the device from overheating.

An ultrasonic scaler doesn’t completely eliminate the need for manual scaling. Once the ultrasonic scaler has done the heavy lifting, the hygienist will follow along with the manual scaler to remove any remaining tartar.

Ultrasonic Scaler

Annual Screenings

During your visit, we’ll also assess your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Annual x-rays can help us evaluate the health of each tooth and identify areas of concern. X-rays show us the roots and inner structures of your teeth. They can also spot tooth decay, tumors and cysts, impacted or developing teeth, and the impact of periodontal diseases. We’ll also check the status of your fillings and screen for oral cancer.