About teeth cleanings & check-ups
Regular teeth cleaning and dental exams are important to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing larger issues. In fact, we recommend visiting the dentist at least twice yearly to keep your teeth in great shape and prevent any potential problems.
Dental cleanings and professional dentist exams every six months can help reveal early signs of oral diseases before you even know about them. They also prevent oral health complications and lower your healthcare costs in the long run. Our friendly dentists and staff focus on preventive care in a comfortable and pain free environment to help maintain a patient’s healthy teeth and gums for life. We take care of adults, children and seniors, keeping every individual’s dental needs in mind.
What to expect during a dental exam
The first step of a regular dental exam is a thorough examination for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. The best way to check all around the structures of the teeth, gums, and jaw is through X-rays. These pictures of your teeth help us see everything clearly and give us the best place to start when making your treatment plan.
At Moore & Pascarella, we often use digital X-rays to get a closer look at the roots of your teeth and to check for hidden cavities. Digital X-rays are comfortable for the patient, often create better quality pictures, are easy for us to store in patient files, and can better detect early signs of tooth and gum issues than traditional X-ray technology. Using digital X-rays also lessens patient exposure to much of the radiation associated with traditional X-rays.
During your teeth cleaning, our experienced and gentle dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, and check your gums and mouth for any health issues. If you haven’t been to the dentist regularly, we also provide deep cleanings when needed. Finally, the patient’s teeth are polished to remove any surface stains and flossed for a clean and fresh feeling. We’ll perform any preventive checks needed, and if the dentist finds any issues, he or she will talk with you and outline what should be done.
What to expect during a periodontal exam
Your teeth aren’t the only parts of your mouth that get attention during your dental checkups. Periodontal exams, or checkups for your gums, are also important for overall dental health. During a periodontal exam, our team will check the areas of your gums around your teeth and look for the symptoms of gingivitis, a periodontal condition that is common in children and adults.
The buildup of tartar and plaque around the teeth can cause the gums to become uncomfortable, and with a deep cleaning and adapting good oral hygiene habits, gingivitis and periodontal disease can be reversed before larger problems develop. Periodontal cleanings focus on buildup above and below the gumline, and we’ll make sure the process is as relaxed and comfortable as possible while we give your gums the special attention they need. Depending on the level of gingivitis, it may take more than one cleaning to restore your smile to its best and brightest. Our experienced team will evaluate your gums and let you know if any special cleanings and treatments are necessary, and they will also help you develop an easy plan to help you take care of your gums at home.
At the end of your dental check up, we will typically give you a fluoride treatment to get your teeth in the best shape possible until your next visit with us. Fluoride is a mineral that can help make teeth stronger and also help prevent cavities. Fluoride treatments help by supporting enamel, the outer protective layer of each tooth, and by fighting off the harmful bacteria that can cause cavities.
Why choose Moore & Pascarella
In any and all dental cleanings and treatments, the patient’s comfort is our top priority. Our friendly staff will ensure the entire visit is pleasant and pain free. For apprehensive patients and children, Moore & Pascarella offers a wide array of sedation options to help avoid even the slightest anxiety.
At Moore & Pascarella, we believe that dentistry is as much about a great patient experience as it is about the best technology and care. Rest assured that when you visit our offices, our friendly, caring and compassionate staff will always go the extra mile for your comfort and deliver superior dental care.
Set up an appointment and come get to know us, we love to make you smile!