Routine Prophylaxis and Exams
Regular dental exams and prophylaxis, also known as checkups and cleanings, are the professional version of keeping up with good dental hygiene. The difference is that it takes professional care to remove threats like tartar from your teeth, which your toothpaste and water can’t remove. It also takes a professional eye and, in many cases, advanced technology to spot some of the earliest warning signs of common dental concerns. For most patients, regular exams and cleanings should occur at least once every six months to ensure optimal results.
General dental exams
A general dental exam involves a thorough visual inspection of your teeth and oral tissues, during which we’ll look carefully for signs that could indicate trouble. Such signs may include things like:
- Weak tooth enamel
- Red, inflamed gum tissues
- Damaged tooth structure
- Issues with your bite alignment
- The presence of a cavity
- And more
If we notice these or other warning signs during your examination, we can work closely with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for restoring your good oral health. If necessary, we may also utilize more detailed digital imaging, such as 3D cone-beam scanning, to create a complete digital model of your teeth and oral structures.
Professional teeth cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning is the boost you need when you miss a spot or two of dental plaque during your daily brushing and flossing routine. For the most part, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once can largely control plaque buildup, but any spots you miss can quickly calcify into tartar. It takes professional equipment to carefully and successfully clean away tartar, which will help you prevent the development of issues such as:
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease)
- Chronic bad breath, or halitosis
- Increasingly worse bite problems
- Conditions that lead to tooth loss
- And more
Make a dental exam & cleaning appointment
Routine dental exams and cleanings are paramount to keeping your smile healthy and free of disease on a consistent basis. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call the office of Dr. Stuart Dexter in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-362-8200.