Having a healthy smile begins with a good oral hygiene routine at home and regular visits to the dentist. While brushing and flossing are crucial to oral health, regular dental cleanings can prevent many common dental conditions from ever occurring. At Smile in Style, Diem Do DDS in Marrero, LA, we utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide high quality preventative dental services for our patients.
Why dental cleanings are so important
In today’s busy, on the go society, routine dental visits are often the first to get overlooked, especially if you are not in pain or having any problems. However, regular exams and dental cleanings are necessary for many different reasons.
During dental exams, we can identify the start of any dental issues when they are more easily treatable.
Professional dental cleanings remove hardened plaque from the surfaces of teeth that cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. Over time, this substance will lead to the development of decay or gum disease.
Tooth polishing smooths out the surface of the teeth, which minimizes the risk of bacteria and plaque accumulation.
Dental cleanings remove surface stains to make your smile look more attractive.
Maintaining oral health can improve overall wellness.
What to expect during a professional dental cleaning and exam
When to come to the office for your cleaning and exam – there are several steps that you can expect to occur each time. The visit begins with a dental hygienist using a mirror to visually examine the mouth to look for any areas of concern. Then, they will use a dental scaler to remove any plaque that has hardened on or between teeth. You may notice that the hygienist spends more time on the back molars in your mouth as these teeth are harder to reach with routine brushing and flossing. Next, a gritty toothpaste is used to brush and polish the teeth and the final step is to floss between your teeth.
Once the hygienist is finished cleaning your teeth, the dentist will visually examine the mouth to make sure that everything looks healthy. If there are any concerns such as cavities or gum disease, we will provide you with treatment options and guidance on restoring oral health.
Other services provided during routine exams
Here are some of the other services or treatments that may occur during your visit:
X-rays – these are typically taken once per year to monitor the parts of the oral structure that are not visible with the naked eye.
Fluoride – dental fluoride can be applied to teeth to help prevent cavities.
Sealants – depending on the age of your child, we may recommend sealants during the visit. This clear coating is applied to the molars in the back of the mouth as a way to prevent cavities.
Oral Cancer Screenings – the dentist will look for any early signs of cancer in the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, the roof of the mouth and back of the throat.
Schedule your appointment today
At Smile in Style, Diem Do DDS are here to provide you with comprehensive dental care in a relaxing, welcoming environment. If you live in or around the Marrero, LA area, please call us today at (504) 370-2229 to book an appointment.
Dr. Diem Do set up his private practice after graduating from the University of New Orleans and LSU School of Dentistry. He follows continuing education for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Tami Nguyen is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and LSU School of Dentistry. Both are members of top professional organizations like the American Dental Association and New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations. They are trusted and respected by the community for their high-quality dental services.
Our patients have wonderful things to say about the care they receive from Dr. Do and his team.