Cleanings & Exams
Did you know that you are supposed to schedule a dental appointment every six months for a routine checkup and a cleaning? Many people are surprised to learn that their visits with us here at Tigard Family Dental are supposed to be twice per year and not just annually, as they may have presumed. Getting regular dental checkups, complete with cleaning, can help you keep your smile healthy and bright and free from disease and discomfort.
What Happens During Your Dental Exam?
There are several reasons that somebody may hesitate about making an appointment with us. They may feel that their schedule is too busy, or perhaps they are a little bit nervous about what will happen during their checkup in our office. Anxiety about going to the dentist is perfectly normal, and many people struggle with dentophobia. Do not be embarrassed if that includes you! We would like to explain to you what you can expect during your appointment with us to help shed some light on it and see if we can help you overcome your anxiety.
One of the first things that we will do during your exam with us asks you if you have any complaints or areas of concern that you would like us to investigate during your appointment. We will then take your medical history. Afterward, we will begin your initial inspection. This part of your exam allows us to look into your mouth. During the initial inspection, we will check the overall wellness and health of your teeth and gums.
Next, we may recommend X-rays. We typically advise that our patients get X-rays every two to three years, but we may recommend more frequent X-rays if you are complaining of pain or any other concerns. After we complete your X-rays, we will then start your professional cleaning.
Getting Your Teeth Cleaned
A dental cleaning is generally very straightforward and painless. We will start by scaling your teeth, which means we will use a special tool to remove all hardened buildup (tartar) from your teeth. We will then floss your teeth for you. Patients occasionally notice trace amounts of blood in their mouth during the flossing. If this happens, it may mean that you are not properly flossing at home. You must floss every day, either morning or evening, to help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
After we are done flossing your teeth, we will then brush them for you using gritty toothpaste. This will help polish your teeth. We do not recommend using gritty toothpaste at home, as it can be too abrasive if used too frequently and lead to damage to your enamel. After we brush your teeth, we may offer you a fluoride rinse. This can help deposit minerals onto your teeth to help keep them strong.
After the Cleaning
When we finish cleaning your teeth, we will consult with you again to discuss any of the findings that we encountered during your exam. If we found anything of concern, we will discuss a treatment plan with you. We will advise that you schedule another appointment with us to proceed with this treatment. Please be aware that your treatment many take several subsequent appointments to complete.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If it has been longer than six months since your last appointment with us, then we would love to see you again. To learn more about setting up an appointment with us for a cleaning, or to schedule your exam with us now, please give us here at Tigard Family Dental a call today at (971) 762-1262 today!