Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups at The Norterra Dentist in Phoenix AZ are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities and pink healthy gums.
Most dental appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist, but not always. During the cleaning, we’ll scrape any calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.
Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.
After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.
During the checkup, we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.
Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.
At The Norterra Dentist in Phoenix AZ we work hard to keep your teeth free of plaque, tartar, and cavities. Find out why patients from Phoenix and Black Canyon City trust us with their dental health! Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next appointment today!