Dental cleanings and consultations are the pinnacle of dental services. Although many people think of going to the dentist when they have problems with their teeth, the majority of dental care is actually preventative in nature and focuses on maintaining you and your family’s oral health. Regular dental cleanings and consultations allow Dr. Joshi to identify possible dental issues early on so that they can be corrected before they cause too many problems. In addition, regular dental cleanings rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and keeps your smile beautiful.
Did you know…
Sugar is one of the main culprits behind tooth decay. In fact, people who drink over three glasses of soda per day have been found to be 62% more likely to develop tooth decay significant enough to require dental fillings or to cause the loss of their teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for dental cleanings?
Yes! Everyone is a candidate for regular dental cleanings, no matter their age or current dental health. Even if you believe yourself to be in great dental health, you should still visit Glow Dental & Implant Center regularly to maintain your oral health. How long has it been since your last visit? Don’t put it off any longer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshi today!
How often do I need dental cleanings?
According to the American Dental Association, you should visit your dentist at least twice a year or once every six months. Part of this routine dental check up is your dental cleaning.
I brush my teeth and floss everyday, do I still need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Professional dental cleanings are important to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. No matter how well you brush or floss, there are inevitably areas that you will miss. While plaque can be removed with regular brushing and flossing, tartar is much harder and can only be removed with special dental tools. Without professional teeth cleanings, plaque and tartar can collect on your teeth. Both plaque and tartar contain millions of harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and/or gum disease.
How should I prepare for my routine dental cleaning & consultation at Glow Dental & Implant Center?
If this is your first appointment with our office, you can prepare by arriving about 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out any necessary paperwork. It may be helpful for you to jot down your medical history, family history, and current medications ahead of time. You may also find it helpful to look up directions beforehand to avoid the extra stress of getting lost or being late. We want you to have a positive experience during your dental appointment.
For both new and returning patients, you can also prepare by thinking about any dental concerns or questions you may have for Dr. Joshi. In the weeks leading up to your appointment, you should pay special attention to your teeth, gums, and dental routine, and jot down anything that comes to mind. Additionally, some possible questions you may want to ask during your dental consultation can include:
- How is my oral health and how can I improve it?
- How is my brushing and flossing technique?
- Is there a specific toothbrush or toothpaste I should be using?
- Do I need to use mouthwash?
- Why do my gums bleed when I brush/floss?
- Why does my tooth hurt sometimes?
- Am I at an elevated risk for developing gum disease?
- Are my wisdom teeth coming in properly?
- Do I grind my teeth at night?
- Do I need a mouthguard for sports?
What should I expect during my routine dental cleaning & consultation at Glow Dental & Implant Center?
During your routine dental cleaning & consultation, you can expect to undergo dental x-rays, an examination of your mouth, and a professional teeth cleaning. The exact order of these events may vary, but generally you will start off with dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool that allows Dr. Joshi to examine your underlying bone structure, as well as the areas between your teeth. Dental x-rays also allow for the early detection of possible cavities and, in some cases, erupting wisdom teeth. To obtain dental x-rays, you will be asked to bite down on a plastic disc while holding your cheeks and lips out of the way. You may also be posed in a variety of ways so that we can obtain multiple viewpoints. The findings of these x-rays will later be discussed during your dental consultation.
This brings us to the consultation or examination part of your dental appointment. During your oral exam, Dr. Joshi will examine your teeth, gums, oral soft tissues, jaw joint, and bite. He may also test your teeth for signs of sensitivity and will likely measure your gum pockets to check for signs of possible gum disease. During your consultation, you will also be given the chance to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have.
Usually, the final part of your routine dental appointment is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. A professional tooth cleaning begins with our dental hygienist gently scraping off the excess plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then, a gritty toothpaste will be used to brush your teeth and then rinsed to remove any final remnants. At this point, the surface of your teeth will be polished and a fluoride varnish will be applied.
What can I expect after my dental consultation?
If nothing significant is found from your dental x-rays or dental exam, then you can expect to simply make your next appointment six months out. In between dental appointments, you will simply need to continue your daily dental routine of brushing twice daily for two minutes at a time with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day.
If Dr. Joshi did find something from your dental x-rays or dental exam that requires attention, he may recommend a treatment plan to resolve the issue. Depending on the nature of the issue, the treatment may be carried out directly after your appointment, or it may be scheduled for a later time. If anything is found, Dr. Joshi will discuss this with you in detail, as well as your options regarding treatment.
For honest and effective dentistry that takes your overall health and well-being into consideration, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joshi of Glow Dental & Implant Center. We proudly serve the residents of Dallas, TX and the surrounding communities.