Cleanings & Comprehensive Exams
On top of committing to living a healthy lifestyle complete with eating a balanced diet and practicing proper oral hygiene, people should receive two checkups and cleanings a year to increase the likelihood of early detection of potential problems and preserve the health of teeth and gums.
Professional cleanings are necessary because home care is not enough to remove harmful substances that contribute to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During cleanings, our dental hygienists will gently scrape away tartar and plaque without damaging the surface of teeth. Teeth will then be polished with clinical grade tools. Like checkups, cleanings are an opportune time to look for signs of common conditions like gum disease, tooth wear, and thinning tooth enamel.
Some folks may underestimate the importance of a dental checkup. During oral examinations, our dentist will screen for many conditions and diseases that can threaten oral health and general wellbeing. If conditions such as decay are detected in the early stages, we can often resolve them with fillings or other simple treatments. We also provide root canal therapy to treat advanced decay and eliminate the need for tooth extraction.
In addition to evaluating the health of teeth, gums, and facial bones, Dr. Goff will perform an oral cancer screening. When oral cancers are detected and treated early, it can literally save a person’s life.