Checking after Dental Cleaning with Nurse

It is important to have regularly scheduled visits to your local dental office. At B&G Family Dentistry we recommend that you schedule and examination and cleaning every six months. Regularly scheduled visits are important to ensure continual oral health. If minor dental problems are left untreated they can become much worse and affect your overall health and well being. If dental problems are treated early they can sometimes be fixed with minimal treatment and at minimal cost.


Dentists all recommend regular exams in order to find and prevent diseases before they become a serious threat. During the exam, your dentist will evaluate the health of your mouth and may even look for signs in your face and neck for conditions that could be related to your oral health. Some specific things that your dentist will do are:

  • Look for any evidence of tooth decay on the surface or in the roots
  • Determine your risk for gum and bone disease
  • Determine if there is a need to recommend a tooth restoration or tooth replacement procedure
  • Check the alignment of your jaw and bite
  • Take x-rays of your teeth and jaws to look for less obvious medical conditions

Beyond these things, your dentist will assess your general oral health and offer professional advice on how you can improve your personal oral hygiene care at home. For example, your dentist may coach you on how to properly use an electric toothbrush, floss, or care for any dental prosthetics you may use. In some instances, you may get counsel on your diet as it relates to your dental health.


After a thorough examination of your oral hygiene, you will then have a dental cleaning. First, plaque, tartar, food and other debris are removed by scraping excess buildup with specialized instruments. This cleans all the spots you may normally miss in your daily brushing and flossing. Next, your teeth are polished to remove any residual debris and staining. Afterward, your teeth are flossed and a fluoride treatment is applied to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

How Often Should I Be Examined?

Most dentists recommend having these exams and cleanings every six months even if you already brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, don’t smoke and have a healthy diet. Depending on your health and habits you may need to schedule more frequent visits. If you have any questions or would like to start scheduling regular exams and cleanings make an appointment with your local Livingston dental professionals at B&G Family Dentistry today!

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