Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exams & Teeth Cleanings – Promoting Good Oral Health at Any Age

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Dental Teeth Cleaning & Exams-North Hunter Dental-Birmingham, MIComplete Dental Exam
North Hunter Dental takes dental exams, x-rays and teeth cleaning seriously because so much can be determined about the current health of your teeth and what issues might need immediate attention. We're all about prevention, maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums and not just about fixing bad teeth. Even if you have no immediate dental concerns, we recommend that you have a checkup and cleaning every six months and a complete set of x-rays done every year and a complete set done every 5 years to ensure early detection of any tooth decay, gum disease and to prevent costly future dental work. To help keep your teeth their healthiest, our comprehensive exam will check for cavities, gum disease, cracks in teeth, tooth root decay, tooth enamel erosion and any bite alignment issues.

Teeth Cleaning
- Remove Dental Plaque & Tartar
As part of your complete dental checkup,  a professional dental cleaning by one of our experienced and highly trained dental hygienists will remove the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth over time, thoroughly check gum tissue for any signs of inflammation or periodontal disease and carefully examine each tooth for any surface decay, cracks or enamel erosion. Gum sensitivity, bleeding gums and gum loss will also be checked and measured with special dental instruments.  Finally a refreshing and super clean minty feeling teeth polishing is done to help remove surface stains, tartar and plaque that is not otherwise removed during normal tooth brushing.


Intra Oral Screening Exams

Oral cancer screening is also part of a complete dental exam. Checking facial areas, mouth, lips, tongue, throat, sensitive tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer. Early oral cancer detection is the key to preventing more serious problems down the road. People with a higher risk of more serious dental problems and oral disease are: smokers, diabetics, people with current gum disease, individuals with a weak immune response to bacterial infection and those who tend to get cavities easily due to poor tooth enamel or excessive plaque build up.

What's Next

Based on the results of your checkup, Dr. Sansone or your hygienist will advise you on how to improve the current condition of your mouth, teeth and gums, how to better maintain good oral health and dental hygiene through the continued use of dental picks, tooth brushing and mouth wash.  At the time of your exam and cleaning, you'll also be advised on what dental treatment you might need to have done based on the findings during the exam.