Dental hygiene is at the core of preventive dentistry. To ensure your smile stays healthy and disease free, we provide dental cleanings and preventive services for all patients. This is to prevent and detect gum disease, cavities, enamel wear, infections, and more.
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation
What is a comprehensive oral evaluation?
A comprehensive oral evaluation is the initial exam you have with your dentist. During the exam your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation visually, tactically and in detail using an FMX and/or panoramic X-ray. Dentists may also use an intra-oral camera to detect cavities, gum inflammation, bone loss, teeth wear from grinding, clenching, TMJ, any weaknesses in crowns and fillings, and/or other abnormalities. Oral cancer screening is also conducted to make sure pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions are not present.
How Many Exams Do I Need a Year?
An oral evaluation is recommended, at the minimum, twice a year. If you smoke or have had previous cancerous lesions you may be at a higher risk, and additional exams may be recommended. Please consult with your dentist to see what’s best for you.
What Are the Different Types of Exams?
Prophylaxis (Regular/Basic) Cleaning
What Is a Prophylactic Cleaning?
A prophylactic cleaning is a regular or basic cleaning, which serves to remove dental plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) around your teeth and gums. Cleanings are usually completed by your dental hygienist to prevent cavities, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontal disease. This type of cleaning is conducted in absence of gum disease such as periodontitis. If your hygienist or dentist diagnoses active gum disease, a more thorough type of cleaning, such as a “deep cleaning” may be recommended. Please consult with your dental advocates to see which is right for you.
How Many Times a Year Do I Need a Cleaning?
Most people only need a general or basic cleaning twice a year. In presence of gum disease, a higher number of dental cleanings may be recommended and will be determined by your dental team.
Top 3 Types of Dental Cleanings
Oral Cancer Screening
What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?
An oral cancer screening is a visual and tactile exam of the head, neck, oral cavity and connective tissues. The purpose of the exam is to detect oral cancer or any precancerous lesions that may lead to cancer at an early stage. Adjunctive devices such as the VELscope can be used for enhanced visualization. This is completed by your dentist and/or hygienist.
What Do We Look for Visually and Tactically?
How Often Should I Be Screened for Oral Cancer?
It is widely recommended to be screened at least once a year. Your dentist and hygienist should always be on the lookout during your bi-yearly cleanings and exams and note any changes or concerns. This is why it is crucial and recommended to see your dentist at least twice a year.
What Factors Increase the Risk of Cancer?
Caries Risk Assessment
What Is a Caries Risk Assessment Test?
A caries (cavity) risk assessment is a preventive test to evaluate a person’s risk of developing cavities based on history and clinical examination. The tests are categorized into ages 0 to 6 years and older than 6 years. Depending on your risk, fluoride and pit-and-fissure sealants may be recommended. Please consult with your dental team to see what is best for you.
What Can I Do to Lower My Caries Risk?
Oral Health Education
Oral health education and instruction is the ultimate way for patients to achieve visible and healthy results. Please consult with your dental team to come up with an individualized plan.
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Schedule Your Preventive Dentistry Appointment with Clear Dental Studio in Broomfield, CO Today!
If you live in the Broomfield area and are in need of a dental evaluation, cleaning, assessment or any other dental services, turn to Clear Dental Studio. Dr. Martha Ha and her team of dental specialists are known for performing exceptional dental work for the residents of Broomfield and beyond and can do the same for you! Whether you need cosmetic, restorative, preventive, or surgery-oriented dental services, the choice is Clear. Call now or book online to schedule an appointment at our office in Broomfield.