Routine Exams & Cleanings

Routine Exams & Cleanings in Phoenix, AZ

Oral healthcare is physical healthcare. The health of the mouth and teeth are important to one’s well-being.

The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at Garden Lakes Family Dentistry, located near you in Phoenix, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the importance of regular dental exams and professional cleanings.

The Routine

The prevention of conditions and problems before they begin is the goal. Consistent oral healthcare at home is only a part of the overall routine. Regular dental appointments every six months for a thorough exam and a professional cleaning completes the consistent routine.

By adhering to regular dental exams and cleanings, you will be able to either prevent, or at least catch in the early stages, the following:

  • tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath;
  • the spending of time and money on costly dental procedures;
  • staining of teeth from drinks and food; and
  • the time and money spent at the next appointment.

The Exam

During the exam, the dentist will access the teeth and gums for signs of decay, infection and other problems. If necessary, x-rays will be taken to see what is happening beneath the gum line.

The Professional Cleaning

Prior to any cleaning, the dental hygienist will examine the teeth for signs of cavities and check on the quality of all existing fillings. The hygienist will also perform a preliminary exam to make sure the gums adhere tightly to the teeth, and to ascertain any onset of disease or bone loss.

After these exams, your teeth will be cleaned and mineral build-up (tartar) will be removed. The final steps in the cleaning are flossing, polishing and applying fluoride.

If a patient has a particular anxiety toward cleanings, be sure to let the hygienist know as there may be sedation options for comfort.

The hygienist will discuss with you all findings and will recommend any changes to your oral healthcare routine. The dentist will perform the final examination, review the chart and the results of the cleaning, and will recommend the timing of the next appointment.

If you would like a consultation for additional information and guidance on the importance of regular exams and professional cleanings, then please contact the dental exam and cleaning dentist near you in Phoenix at Garden Lakes Family Dentistry, conveniently located at W Indian School Rd, N 107th Ave, and serving the communities of Gateway Crossing, Garden Lakes, Estates at Garden Lakes, Westridge Glen, Trailwood, Westwind, Villa De Paz, Morlen Meadows, Camelback Ranch, and more.

Garden Lakes Family Dentistry is trusted and highly recommended for treatments and procedures in general and restorative dentistry.