Have a bright, beautiful smile with regular dental exams and cleanings in Houston TX
What is covered in a dental exam?
Here are the areas we cover during your regular twice-yearly dental visits:
- Diagnostic dental X-rays– X-rays are crucial in detecting decay, possible tumors, cysts, and bone loss in the patient. X-rays also determine the position of each tooth and its root.
- Oral cancer screening– Dr. Peters will check your gums, tissues, throat, tongue, lips, face, and neck for any signs of oral cancer.
- Evaluation of gum disease– The gums will be checked as well as the bone surrounding the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of dental decay– Every tooth surface will be examined for decay.
- Examination of existing dental restorations– Your existing dental restorations — fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc. — will be checked for stability and wear.
What is involved in a professional dental cleaning?
A registered dental hygienist handles the dental cleaning, also known as a dental prophylaxis procedure. This is what is covered:
- Calculus (tartar) removal– Calculus, which is described as plaque that has hardened on the surface of the tooth, will be removed during your cleaning. It is commonly found above and below the gum line and can’t be removed by tooth brushing alone. Special dental instruments are needed to completely remove tartar, breaking the bond it has formed on the tooth surface.
- Plaque removal– Plaque is a nearly invisible, sticky substance that forms on the teeth. Along with saliva and food debris, bacteria are found in plaque. Not removing plaque, and its bacteria, leads to gum inflammation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing– This final step polishes the teeth, while removing any last plaque remnants.
What can I expect after my professional dental cleaning procedure?
Immediately after a cleaning, your teeth can sometimes be more sensitive than usual. This is because the tartar and plaque that once shielded your teeth are now gone. But this sensitivity passes within a day or so.