Gum disease and dental decay often come on suddenly with few warning signs, says the American Dental Association. That's why routine dental cleanings and check-ups are so important. At Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, Dr. James Murphy and his team highly recommend twice a year prophylactic exams and teeth cleanings. Learn here about what happens as your hygienist cleans your teeth and what the long-term benefits are.
Your teeth cleaning in our Waukesha office
It's the first part of your semi-annual appointment at Proven Dental. Your friendly hygienist is your first oral health contact, performing many important health checks and services and preparing you for your visit with Dr. Murphy.
She'll ask you if you have had any problems since your last appointment. She'll take any partial dentures or removable appliances for cleaning in an ultrasonic device. Also, as needed, she'll take X-rays to inspect for interdental decay, bone problems or other health issues, and she'll do a visual check for:
- Gum disease (she'll measure gum pocket depth with a tiny metal probe)
- Oral cancer (a quick, painless inspection of your soft oral tissues)
- Loose or defective restorations such as fillings
Then, your hygienist will proceed to clean your teeth. She uses small, handheld tools and ultrasonic scalers to remove the plaque and tartar which have built-up on and between your teeth since your last cleaning. These bacteria-filled biofilms also accumulate at the gum line where they can cause an infection called periodontitis.
Periodontitis in its mildest form is known as gingivitis, a condition most notable for the bleeding and soreness it causes for gum tissue. As this gum disease progresses, other symptoms such as deep gum pockets, a long tooth appearance, mobile teeth, pus at the gum line, and persistent bad breath can occur. Additionally, research from important medical experts, such as The American Heart Association, shows that gum problems are linked to serious health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and dementia, among others.
In short, getting a professional dental cleaning greatly reduces your risk of dental decay, tooth loss, and dangerous periodontal disease.
Finally, your professional cleaning removes light dental staining created by coffee, tea, dark foods, and more. Your hygienist uses a special rotary brush and toothpaste to polish tooth surfaces to their shiny best. You'll notice a wonderful, smooth, clean feeling. A final flossing finishes the job.
A word about education...
When you see Dr. Murphy for your exam and cleaning, ask him or your hygienist about the best ways to keep your particular smile bright, healthy, and attractive. At Proven Dental, the professional staff considers routine services, such as cleanings, as great opportunities to know their patients and their needs and to help them with any concerns they have about their oral health and smile appearance.
If it's time for your six-month cleaning and exam, please call Proven Dental for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you! Phone (262) 650-3000 today.