Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are integral parts of good oral health. Both adults and children are recommended to visit the dentist twice a year; those who have a history of dental work or dental diseases may require more frequent visits. A trip to the dentist can seem like an intimidating experience, but at Sweetwater Dental Studio, our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality care in the most comfortable setting possible.
Need to schedule dental exams in Sugar Land? A standard dental exam consists of a thorough evaluation of the teeth, assessing the health of the teeth, gums, and mouth overall. We’ll also check for signs of plaque and cavities. Being thorough and looking at each of these components can reveal any developments of periodontal (gum) disease that could potentially lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss. X-rays may be taken during the exam, as they are normally taken once a year.
Think you may need a teeth cleaning in Sugar Land? The professional teeth cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist and generally begins with the removal of plaque and tartar along the gum line and between the teeth. The hygienist will follow this with a thorough brushing using a high-powered electric toothbrush and a special toothpaste that is different from store-bought ones. This toothpaste has a gritty consistency that gently scrubs and polishes the teeth. It also removes any remaining traces of tartar. At the end of the cleaning, the hygienist will floss the teeth, removing any leftover plaque or toothpaste. The flossing also alerts the hygienist of any areas where there is bleeding at the gums. The cleaning ends with a good rinsing of the mouth.
Fluoride treatments may be administered following a cleaning, depending on what the patient requests. Before the end of the appointment, the dentist will usually come in to discuss any issues that may have been detected and provide instructions on maintaining good oral health.