Dental Exams and Cleanings
At OPĒS Health We Prevent Problems Before They Start
Oral Health: The health of your mouth and teeth is connected to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your South Tampa dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist every (6) six months to ensure your teeth, gums and mouth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing your South Tampa dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Have a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, bleeding gums and bad breath
- Save you money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from acidic food and sugary drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your South Tampa dentist’s chair
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your gums and teeth for signs of decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Your South Tampa dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your gums. Our digital images will help your South Tampa dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Your South Tampa dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of fillings. Your South Tampa dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth. We will then make sure no bone loss or periodontal disease may be occurring.
Next, your South Tampa hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your South Tampa hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your South Tampa dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. OPĒS Health offers several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If your South Tampa dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will educate you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend other advanced dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your South Tampa dentist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.