Comprehensive dental oral exams and cleanings are recommended at a minimum of every six months for all patients. These visits help identify tooth decay as well as any early signs of gum disease or oral cancer through diagnostic digital radiographs. Early detection of these conditions can help ensure effective treatment and prevent permanent damage.
Professional cleanings help keep teeth clean and healthy through thorough exams provided by a licensed dental hygienist. A professional cleaning includes the removal of tartar and plaque above and slightly below the gum, which can build up and cause inflammation and disease if left untreated. The teeth are also polished during a cleaning to remove stains and further buildup of plaque that may not be removed during tooth brushing. Dr. McClatchie’s office utilizes the newest technology with an ultrasonic cleaner that reduces the bacterial load, thus reducing infection.
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