Dental Cleanings & Exams in Allen Park, MI
Keep Your Smile Healthy
In order to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best, it’s essential to brush your teeth and floss every day. However, an at-home oral hygiene routine won’t suffice on its own to keep your teeth free from decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s essential to visit our Allen Park practice for routine dental cleanings and examinations at least twice a year.
During your checkup, Dr. Cannon and our expert team will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. By keeping your smile free of harmful bacteria, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. We’ll also perform painless examinations to make sure any warning signs of potential problems are caught early so they can be effectively addressed.
Keep reading to learn exactly what to expect during your dental cleanings and examinations at Allen Park Dentistry.
Protecting Your Smile
When you visit our office for checkup, one of our friendly, experienced hygienists will use special dental tools to gently clean and polish your teeth. These tools allow us to clean areas of your mouth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush, eliminating any buildups of plaque and tartar. By having your teeth thoroughly cleaned at least twice a year, we can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay and other issues.
Once your smile is fresh and clean, Dr. Cannon will carefully examine your whole mouth to ensure that you’re in optimal health. If a problem is detected, she’ll be able to recommend appropriate treatments to get your smile back in optimal health.
Digital X-Ray Examinations
In the interest of your health, we’ll take digital X-rays of your mouth at least once a year. These allow us to inspect your teeth and facial structures in greater detail to detect issues that may be invisible to the naked eye. Catching the development of cavities and other issues before they become noticeable allows Dr. Cannon to start treatment while it can be most effective and least invasive.
Though we’ll always perform a visual examination during your checkups as well, the advantages of X-rays allow us to get ahead of dental problems before they can progress. We’re proud to rely on digital X-rays that minimize your exposure to radiation and allow for near instant results your dentist can share with you in the moment.
Oral Cancer Screening
One of the most important parts of a routine dental checkup is an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer costs the lives of thousands of Americans every year, largely in cases when the disease is detected too late for effective treatment.
Early intervention significantly increases your chances of beating oral cancer, which is why we include a thorough screening as part of our dental exams. By monitoring your mouth for any signs of oral cancer on an ongoing basis, we can reduce the risk of it going undetected or spreading out of control.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can strengthen your tooth enamel and help prevent cavities. Most of us get many benefits from fluoride without even knowing it from the foods and beverages we enjoy, as well as the toothpaste we use to brush our teeth.
Depending on your needs, our hygienists can apply a concentrated fluoride solution after your dental cleaning to help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Fluoride treatments are especially beneficial for younger patients during the vulnerable period when their permanent teeth are starting to erupt.