Routine dental cleanings, twice a year, are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. No matter how dedicated you are to brushing and flossing at home, a professional dental cleaning is the only way to thoroughly remove mineralized plaque that can develop in difficult to reach spots. At Smiles of Atlanta, located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, the experienced team lead by board-certified dentist Dr. Ed Trizzino provide comprehensive dental cleanings to patients of all ages in a warm and welcoming environment. The practice serves patients from throughout Northern Atlanta, Georgia, including the communities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Roswell, Alpharetta, Norcross, and Tucker. Call or book your appointment online.
The primary goal of routine cleanings is to get rid of sticky plaque and hardened tartar that builds up along the gum line and between teeth where normal brushing and even flossing can't remove them. Plaque and tartar are primary causes of tooth decay and gum disease, and routine cleanings are the best way to keep decay and disease at bay. The hygienist will finish by polishing your teeth and will also look for signs of decay or gum disease and will offer instruction if it appears that you're brushing or flossing habits or techniques are in need of improvement. This portion of the appointment will take between 30-45 minutes.
Once the hygienist has finished your cleaning, you may receive dental X-rays and/or a fluoride treatment. Then Dr. Trizzino will examine your teeth and gums, conduct an oral cancer screening, and examine all of your existing restorations, including fillings, crowns, and veneers. These regular examinations enable Dr. Trizzino to spot signs of potential issues at their earliest, most easily treated stage. Early detection and treatment of dental problems can prevent complications that are both painful and costly to correct.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends twice yearly checkups for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage. Patients who have an increased risk for oral health issues may be recommended to come more frequently.
Dental X-rays are invaluable. They can reveal any hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays which provide a visual of the lower and upper posterior teeth are typically taken once a year, and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, or Full mouth series of intraoral x-rays are taken every 3-5 years.