This is my second time going to RiverWest Dental for a cleaning. Both times I have been very satisfied when I left the dentist. The dentists are friendly and my appointment did not take long at all. They did an excellent job and I would recommend them to others.

Megan Camp

Routine Examination and Cleanings

The Whole Health Smile

Our focus is on keeping patients out of the dental chair as much as possible. Each exam is a step towards an individuals Whole Health Smile or a smile that requires only routine and preventative care. The most critical part in achieving a Whole Health Smile is the bi-annual or every six month cleaning and exam.

Below are some of the important reasons to attend your regular cleanings.

It heals your smile. Adequate removal of dental plaque and tarter every 6 months keeps your dental and overall health maintained.  Certain foods and drinks can stain your enamel and bacteria’s can start to affect deeper areas of your teeth and gums. A routine visit stops these type of bacterial attacks and helps strengthen your enamel.

Bad Breath can be reduced by clean teeth and healthy gum tissue. Routine dental cleaning treatments gives you and healthier mouth and fresher breath.

Cavities can be prevented.   Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that cause cavities by eating away your enamel.  We can catch and detect cavities early with routine dental visits, x-rays, and proper removal of buildup through scaling and polishing your teeth.

Tooth Loss can be prevented:  One of the highest contributors to tooth loss is gum disease. Extensive plaque and tartar buildup causes bone loss that can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated.  Frequent dental cleanings allows the hygienist to detect, treat, stabilize and maintain healthy gum tissue to prevent both gum disease and tooth loss.

Your overall health can be boosted.  There is a high correlation between your overall health and oral health.  Keeping your teeth and gum tissue healthy can lower your risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions.   Oral Cancer screenings allow us to detect any risk factors or early stages of cancer  during routine dental exams.

During the regular cleanings, you can expect your dentist or hygienist to perform the following tasks:

  • Scaling
  • Root Planning
  • Polishing
  • Removal of Tarter build up
  • X-ray

Throughout these steps and procedures, the plaque and tarter from the usually unreachable spots of your teeth will be cleaned, your gums will be cleaned in pockets that your regular, at home, hygienic instruments cannot clean, and your teeth will be polished. During which time, the dentist and hygienist have a chance to look for abnormalities and begin to evaluate the condition of older work and restorations that have been performed for your dental health.