Dental Cleanings & Examinations in Birmingham, MI
Maintain your Healthy Smile
Brushing and flossing every day is essential for maintaining your healthy smile, but it can’t replace regular visits to your dentist. To make sure you avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems, it’s important to visit our Birmingham dentists for routine dental checkups at least twice a year.
During your appointments, a hygienist will deeply clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. Meanwhile one of our dentists will examine your mouth for signs of any oral health issues that need to be addressed. Read on to learn exactly what to expect during a dental cleaning and examination at our practice.
The goal of preventive dentistry is to remedy or reverse oral diseases before they progress, helping you to avoid costly dental treatments in the future. Routine cleanings and examinations are crucial for preventive dentistry, as they’re the best opportunity for our dentists to detect problems.
When you visit Saad Oral Health & Beauty for a cleaning, one of our hygienists will use special dental instruments to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. These instruments allow us to clean parts of your mouth that would otherwise be difficult to reach, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Once your teeth are fresh and clean, one of our experienced dentists will carefully examine them for any other issues that may require treatment. If a problem is detected, we’ll provide you with a customized treatment plan that will restore the health of your smile.
At least once a year, our team will take X-rays of your entire mouth. This allows us to examine your teeth in greater detail and detect issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. For example, small cavities or irregularities below the gumline may be difficult to identify without the help of X-rays.
Our dentists will always perform a visual examination as well, but the benefits of X-rays allow us to get ahead of problems that might be impossible to detect and treat otherwise. The digital X-rays we rely on are extremely safe for our patients and can provide detailed information almost instantly.
Oral Cancer Screenings
One of the most important services we provide during your routine dental checkups is an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer disrupts the lives of thousands of Americans every year, often because the condition isn’t detected until it’s progressed significantly.
Early intervention significantly increases your chances of beating oral cancer, which is why oral cancer screenings are included in your routine exams. By monitoring your mouth for any signs of the disease on an ongoing basis, we can provide early treatment and reduce the likelihood of the cancer spreading.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s used to strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent cavities. Most of us get a lot of fluoride without even knowing it from the foods and beverages we enjoy, as well as the toothpaste we use to brush our teeth.
Depending on your needs, we can apply fluoride to your teeth after routine cleanings to help keep them strong and healthy. This is especially important for younger patients as their permanent teeth start to emerge. However, fluoride treatments can help patients of any age preserve their healthy smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I schedule routine dental cleanings?
For most patients, we recommend scheduling a checkup every four to six months, or twice to three times a year. If you’re especially prone to cavities or other dental problems, our dentists may recommend coming in more frequently. It’s crucial for the lasting health of your smile that you don’t miss these appointments and stay on a regular schedule.
Will insurance pay for my dental cleaning?
In most cases, yes! Generally speaking, a dental cleaning and exam is the most commonly covered treatment by dental insurance providers. Depending on your plan, you may even qualify to have the full cost of your checkup covered. Don’t hesitate to contact your insurance provider or ask a member of our team if you have any questions.
Can I bring in my child for a dental cleaning?
Absolutely! At Saad Oral Health & Beauty, we’re happy to see patients of all ages. Our Birmingham dentists will take excellent care of your child’s teeth and educate them about proper dental hygiene habits to apply at home. By bringing your child to see us, you help ensure they’re set up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Visit Saad Oral health & beauty For Cleanings & Exams
Though often overlooked, routine dental cleanings and examinations are the backbone of maintaining optimal oral health. By visiting our dentists at least twice a year, you’re taking an important step towards protecting your teeth from decay and avoiding serious conditions like gum disease and oral cancer.
Call our Birmingham, MI practice at 248-646-3515 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We look forward to helping you keep your smile looking and feeling pristine.