We’ll Help Improve Your Dental Hygiene
Our goal at Elevate Dental Wellness is to help our patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Dental cleanings and dental exams are key factors in the overall health of your teeth. During your check-up, we’ll clean and examine your teeth, provide an oral cancer screening, and take x-rays if necessary.
Dr. Steinbach recommends scheduling a dental check-up once every six months as these visits can help prevent decay, catch dental problems before they occur, and even prevent tooth loss.
Even with impeccable daily brushing and flossing habits, it’s important to get a professional cleaning because plaque and tartar cannot be removed without special dental instruments. Plaque is a sticky film made of bacteria, food debris, and saliva that forms on the teeth.
The bacteria produce toxins that can eat away at the teeth and inflame the gums, which can lead to a variety of escalated oral health problems including periodontal disease and cavities. Tartar (calculus) is a hardened plaque that has firmly attached to the surface of your teeth and can form above and below the gum line.
During your dental cleaning, Dr. Steinbach will remove tartar and plaque from your teeth before polishing them to remove any stains that can’t be removed with standard brushing.
In addition to a professional cleaning, Dr. Steinbach will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth. During the exam, we’ll check for any signs of tooth decay or any problems with existing restorations such as crowns, fillings, etc. We’ll look at the overall condition and appearance of your smile to see if there are any abnormalities or orthopedic issues. We’ll also look at the quality of your bite — making sure your teeth are coming together correctly and your jaw is in the anatomically correct position.
From there, Dr. Steinbach will also take diagnostic x-rays, perform an oral cancer screening, and check for gum disease.
Depending on your individual dental health, a diagnostic x-ray may be performed based on your age, risk of disease, and medical and dental history. Dr. Steinbach recommends full-mouth x-rays for new patients and bite-wing x-rays once or twice a year in order to detect any potential dental problems.
X-rays can be an important part of your dental exams as they offer a way to detect problems before they worsen. They can help show developmental abnormalities as well as your tooth and root positions which can alert us of any needed extractions. They also help detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you’re experiencing any unusual changes in your mouth, teeth, gums, throat, or tongue, it may be due to a larger issue. Diagnosing diseases of the mouth as early as possible is imperative, so routine oral cancer screenings can help catch issues early on.
During your exam, Dr. Steinbach will examine inside and outside your mouth for any signs of oral cancer including tumors, cysts as well as precancerous and cancerous lesions. If there’s anything out of the ordinary, depending on your specific situation, a biopsy may be required in order to do further testing.
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease (gum disease) and can be distinguished by red, bloody, and swollen gums. If left untreated, it can escalate to infections, and inflammation of the gumline and surrounding tissues can lead to full periodontal disease.
During your exam, Dr. Steinbach will evaluate your gums and surrounding bones for any signs of periodontal disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I care for my teeth at home?
Having a regular home care routine can make all the difference in achieving a healthy smile. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before going to bed, can prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque.
Dr. Steinbach recommends using non-abrasive toothpaste with a soft-bristled or electric toothbrush to ensure you don’t damage your teeth. Flossing regularly helps keep your gum line clean which can prevent the buildup of plaque and protect your gums, teeth, and bones from damage.
Do dental cleanings hurt?
No. While dental cleanings may be a little uncomfortable, they should be painless. During the cleaning, if you feel any pain, let Dr. Steinbach know immediately as pain can be an indication of an underlying issue.
Visit Elevate Dental Wellness Today
We’re here to support your ultimate dental health and wellness. In combination with your own dental habits, Dr. Steinbach is here to work with you and offer additional care so your smile can be healthy inside and out. To learn more, contact our office by calling (970) 279-5647 or request an appointment by filling out our online contact form below.