Dental Check-ups

Our Dental Checkup:  What you can expect

In most cases, a dental hygienist and dentist will perform your dental checkup. A dental checkup typically involves:

Cleaning and polishing:
Our hygienist will use a special instrument called a hand scaler or ultrasonic dental instrument to scrape and remove the tartar from your teeth. We will then polish your teeth, often with a rotating rubber cup or brush, to remove any remaining plaque or stains.

Education:
After the cleaning, our hygienist or Dr G will discuss any dental hygiene problems that were detected, and show you how to brush and floss more effectively, if necessary.

Examination:
We will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, to look for changes or signs of a problem (for example, a cavity or gum disease or early signs of oral cancer). During the examination, we may also use a special probe to measure the “pockets” between your teeth and gums, an explorer tool to poke at your teeth and determine if any cavities are present, and a mouth mirror to get a better view of the sides and back of your teeth. If you have any visible problems, we may recommend a particular treatment or may refer you to a specialist, such as a periodontist or orthodontist, for further treatment.

X-rays:
At some of your dental visits, we may take X-rays of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems.

We look forward to seeing you!