What to Expect at Your Regular Cleaning

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Having regular dental appointments is important for your oral health. Dr. Larsen and Dr. Storey suggest that patients come in for a checkup at least twice a year. Depending on your oral health, you may need to visit our office more often. Our dentists will examine your unique smile and determine your unique needs. It is important that you come to Gentle Dental Arts as recommended because Dr. Larsen and Dr. Storey can detect dental health issues early during these visits. If you come in for your regular checkups, our dentists can prevent some issues from occurring in the first place. Having regular dental appointments is also important because some diseases have symptoms that manifest in the mouth and our dentists will check for these.

When you come in for your appointment, our hygienist will first use a small, metal tool to remove the plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth. Then the hygienist will floss between each of your teeth. Depending on your needs, dental fluoride may be applied. Then your teeth will be polished to give them extra shine.

Our dentists will then examine all of your teeth and your gums for signs of decay, inflammation, or other dental issues. If needed, X-rays may be taken to get a closer look at the teeth and the surrounding bone. An oral cancer exam will also be performed so that any cancerous tissues can be detected early, when they are easier to treat. Drs. Larsen and Storey may also review and update your dental health history.

Our dentists will discuss any detected issues with you. A treatment plan will be suggested and explained. Of course, you have the final say about your oral health. If needed, our dentists or hygienist will educate you about proper tooth brushing and flossing. To learn more and to schedule your next dental appointment in Orem, Utah, contact our dental office at 801-788-4922 today. We are excited to help you to reach and maintain ideal oral health!