Dental Exams and Cleanings

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to minimize dental problems like cavities and gum disease, avoid toothaches, and cut down on dental costs? It’s not as complicated as you might think! 

Along with excellent at-home oral hygiene, routine dental checkups and teeth cleanings at Northland Dental are the key. Nearly half of all US adults over age 30 have some level of gum (periodontal) disease, and many aren’t even aware it exists. 

It is crucial for us to catch and treat gum disease as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can quickly become very destructive to your teeth and gums, and in its advanced stages, can even lead to tooth loss. 

The Effects of Gum Disease on Your General Health

Gum infections don’t just affect your oral health. Chronic periodontal disease has been closely linked to a long list of serious physical conditions like heart and lung disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy complications, and many others.

With this in mind, it’s more important than ever to be proactive with preventive dentistry.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry includes comprehensive dental exams and personalized teeth cleanings at our Moorhead dental office and conscientious oral hygiene at home.

Routine Exams with Our Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends dental exams for everyone every six months. Seeing you at regular intervals allows Dr. Atchison to stay a step ahead of dental problems and provide prompt treatment when needed.

During a typical dental exam, your dentist does the following:

  • Reviews current x-rays for signs of cavities, broken fillings, and tooth wear
  • Checks and notes the condition of each of your teeth
  • Evaluates your dental bite
  • Performs an oral cancer screening

To include you in the process, Dr. Atchison uses intraoral cameras that display real-time images on your chairside monitor. You can follow along with him as he performs your examination and points out any problem areas that need our attention. 

When you can visualize a problem like a cavity, you get a more complete picture of your oral health needs and can feel confident enough to make informed decisions about your treatment.

Teeth Cleanings with a Dental Hygienist

Dental cleanings with a skilled hygienist are non-negotiable if you want to ensure that your gums remain healthy. Because we tailor your cleanings to match your individual needs, how often we need to see you depends on your gum health.

If your gums are healthy, we recommend hygiene appointments every six months. If you have gingivitis (swollen or bleeding gums), we may recommend additional visits to ensure that it doesn’t develop into periodontitis (advanced gum disease).

Brushing and flossing conscientiously at home are crucial, and so are routine dental cleanings that remove the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. 

During a teeth cleaning, your dental hygienist thoroughly clears away plaque from all surfaces of your teeth. Specialized instruments are used to remove tartar that you can’t remove at home, no matter how well you brush.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam and Cleaning

At Northland Dental, we’re proud that we can improve someone’s life by improving their oral health. Whether it’s been six months or six years since your last dental visit, we would love to help you achieve your healthiest smile. 

Please call our Moorhead dental office at (218) 236-7076 to schedule an appointment so we can get started.