A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Rashid at your initial dental visit. Regular periodic recall cleaning will include the following:
Examination of current diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) or review of previous radiographs: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Your cleaning appointment will include a dental examination and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Polish the teeth: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
- Just about every patient remarks as to how thorough and gentle our hygienist is with their cleaning.