Dental Exams, X-Rays & Cleanings
Dental Exams & X-Rays
Sticking to a schedule of semiannual dental exams is a central aspect of maintaining your oral health. When Dr. Jose Montoya examines your teeth every six months, it’s easier to become aware of signs of trouble early, when conditions will be more treatable.
During the exam, your dentist will look for signs of decay. Dr. Montoya will visually inspect the teeth, keeping an eye out for cavities, and review your x-rays to determine if there are any hidden cavities in interproximal areas—the spaces between your teeth. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.
Dr. Montoya will also attend to your gums, or periodontal tissue, during your dental examination. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health, eventually leading to the loss of teeth and bone.
At My Mouth Dental, a visit for a dental exam and x-rays is often concluded with a dental cleaning. Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleanings by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes to an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist, but sometimes the dentist, will do the cleaning.There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and around the gumline. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienist's preference.The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Regular professional cleanings and good home care help reduce incidences of gingivitis or swollen, bleeding gums.