Teeth Cleanings and Exams

Professional teeth cleanings and dental exams are essential for your sustained oral health. Even if you are an excellent brusher and flosser, your dentist must still check your mouth to ensure you’re free of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. 

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist for routine dental exams and professional cleanings every six months. If you have periodontal disease or gingivitis, your dentist may recommend seeing you more frequently, perhaps every three months, to ensure your gum health stays in excellent condition. 

Mint Dental Care in Odessa, FL, offers comprehensive dentistry, including preventive dental care like dental exams and cleanings. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Hayder Kafaji. 

Why Are Dental Exams and Cleanings Important?

Routine dental exams and cleanings are essential because they prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Preventing issues before they begin, or treating them early, can save you time and money by avoiding extensive dental treatments or procedures. We can identify any areas of concern during your exam and provide a prompt and personalized treatment plan based on your smile’s needs and goals. 

When we eat food or consume beverages, the leftover particles mix with our saliva and form a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that contribute to dental decay (cavities) and gum disease. 

Plaque accumulates on our teeth and can lead to a host of issues, such as tooth decay or infection, not to mention your smile won’t feel fresh. We recommend brushing your teeth twice daily to remove food particles and bacteria, clean your teeth, and freshen your breath. However, even the most diligent brushes and flossers can’t remove all of the plaque that builds up, so it’s essential to get professional teeth cleanings. 

What Happens During a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

At Mint Dental Care, we examine your mouth, neck, face, jaws, and lymph nodes. We also do the following:

  • Examine your teeth for signs of dental decay 
  • Check for any chips, cracks, breaks, fractures, or loose teeth 
  • Assess your bite (how your teeth come together)
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Check any tooth restorations or replacements, such as fillings, crowns, or implants
  • Take digital dental x-rays 

Our Odessa, FL dental office uses digital dental x-rays to acquire a more detailed picture of your oral health. Doing so helps us better plan for cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry procedures and diagnose issues we can’t see with the naked eye, such as dental decay, abscesses, impacted teeth, bone loss, and cysts.

After the dental exam, one of our skilled hygienists will perform professional teeth cleaning to reduce the risks of decay and gum disease. Our hygienists are trained to use special instruments to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from dental surfaces and around the gums. 

Contact Us Today to Schedule Your Dental Exam and Cleaning 

Mint Dental Care offers affordable, comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages. We’re pleased to serve patients from surrounding neighborhoods, including Odessa, Lutz, Tampa, Keystone, Citrus Park, Greater Northdale, Westchase, Carrollwood, and Cheval. 

Please call us today and ask us about our dental membership plan