The Importance of a Routine Teeth Cleaning and Dental Exam
A regular teeth cleaning and dental exam is a key part of preventive dental care, helping to protect the longevity of your smile. To preserve your oral health, Dr. Paul B. Gabriel recommends patients schedule checkups at our Wexford, PA, office every six months. During these routine appointments, our highly qualified staff can professionally clean your teeth and examine your smile for signs of dental decay and gum disease. If left untreated, these conditions may require more costly and invasive treatments in the future. Dr. Gabriel has been practicing family and general dentistry for more than 20 years, helping his patients to achieve and maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth.
The Importance of Routine Checkups
During a dental checkup, our team can thoroughly clean your teeth and examine the structure of your smile.
Brushing and flossing daily helps to remove plaque from the teeth, which can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. However, there are certain hard-to-reach areas that are difficult to adequately clean. Over time, these sections of your smile can collect plaque and tartar deposits, which can lead to infection. A professional teeth cleaning can infection-causing bacteria, helping to protect your smile against gum disease. In addition to keeping your teeth healthy, regular cleanings can also remove surface stains to keep your smile bright and white.
Regular dental exams are critical to maintaining optimal oral health. During a dental exam, Dr. Gabriel can identify signs of tooth decay or gum disease. As many patients never experience symptoms, it is vital to visit your dentist to diagnose these conditions in their earliest stages. If Dr. Gabriel does detect areas of concern, he can address the issue with a more conservative treatment. This can protect you from painful symptoms and costly, invasive procedures in the future.
What to Expect
Our skilled team of dental hygienists perform all routine dental cleanings. Before beginning, your hygienist will physically examine your teeth and gums. We will look for cavities and signs of gum disease, making note of any areas of concern. Your hygienist will then clean your teeth using an instrument called a scaler. During this process, we can remove any deposits of plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line. After thoroughly cleaning your teeth, we can polish your smile using a high-powered brush.
A regular teeth cleaning and dental exam is a key part of preventive dental care, helping to protect the longevity of your smile.
Once complete, your hygienist can floss your teeth to ensure an optimal clean. Finally, we may provide you with a fluoride treatment, depending upon your dental needs. Fluoride can help to strengthen your smile and protect your teeth from cavities. After your dental cleaning is finished, Dr. Gabriel can conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and address any additional questions or concerns you may have. He can also perform an oral cancer screening, looking and feeling for abnormalities. Together, a cleaning and exam can help to prolong the health of your smile.
Protect Your Oral Health
At our practice, we strive to help all of our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. To experience superior care, contact us online or call us today at (724) 935-2100 to schedule your dental checkup with Dr. Gabriel.
“Dr. Gabriel leads the way for his staff, making patients feel welcome and at ease. Dr. Gabriel also provides top-quality dental care and his staff is good at explaining procedures before they perform them.” RUTH K.