Dental Exams Professional Teeth Cleanings & Dental Exams in Mayfield Heights, OH

Even if you take exceptional care of your teeth at home (and we know that you do!), scheduling routine visits with a qualified dentist is crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Whether you always book cleanings and exams every six months or it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, our team is here to provide you with the top-notch care that you deserve. Contact our office to learn more and schedule your next visit today!

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What does a dental exam screen for?

Patients often think that routine dental exams are important for detecting cavities, but there are many other things that your dentist is assessing during your routine appointments. In addition to diagnosing tooth decay, routine dental exams are your first line of defense when it comes to detecting dental trauma, gum disease, dental restorations that need to be repaired or replaced, and rarer conditions like oral cancer. Our team will also utilize X-rays to potentially diagnose infections, cysts, and decay that occurs in between teeth.

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Do I need a routine cleaning or a deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings are performed on patients who have mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease, and they involve cleaning the gum pockets and removing plaque and tartar that has collected below the gum line. Patients who have periodontitis will sometimes need to visit their primary dental care provider for three or four deep cleanings per year to keep their teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible. Patients with gingivitis or no signs of gum disease will typically only need two routine cleanings per year. Our team will be happy to help you determine the right kind of cleaning your unique smile requires.

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Will teeth cleanings whiten my teeth?

Professional teeth cleanings involve using an electric toothbrush and a special gritty toothpaste to clean and polish a patient’s teeth, which can lift some surface-level stains that collect on the front of the teeth. However, teeth cleanings alone typically don’t provide patients with the bright, consistently white smile that they would like to achieve. If you are interested in whitening your smile, ask our team about scheduling a professional teeth whitening treatment after your cleaning and exam. We’d be happy to help you find the precise shade of white that will make your smile gleam!

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