Dental Cleanings & Dental Exams
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends dental visits at least twice per year. Regular exams and professional cleanings can help to ensure optimal oral health. At Mint 32 Dentistry, our team consistently provides high-quality dental cleanings and thorough preventive exams. Professional cleanings rid the teeth of harmful plaque and tartar build-up. This is important for preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues. Additionally, a professional cleaning by our hygienist may remove some surface stains. This can help keep your teeth looking whiter and brighter.
Depending upon the patient's needs, when a new patient comes in we start off by just getting to know them, both with an interview process, a tour of the office, just allow them to get familiar with us as well. Then we just have a conversation with them, allow them to guide us as to what their past experiences were, where they want to go, what kind of care they received, as well as what kind of care they're hoping to receive moving forward. Once we've built that rapport with them and they with us, then we move through our examination process. In the exam we'll do many of the things that they've had done in the past, look at teeth for cavities and look at their gums. We also take their blood pressure, oftentimes many offices don't do that, but it's a critical piece of information as to the overall health of the patient.
We'll look at their airway, if they present with signs that indicate they may have a breathing problem, especially a sleep disordered breathing. Then just functionality, whether the joint and the bite are in harmony. Whether there's any evidence or sign of functional problems. Lastly we'll ask them just how happy are they with their smile. Simple things like that, just again allow them to guide us as to what they're looking for. One of the things that comes across often is patients don't always know what's available to them today, they've just kind of been given advice or guidance based on older technologies and older processes. By spending a lot of time with the patient in the beginning, allowing them to see what's possible, oftentimes they're able to start asking questions about things they did not know about.
Once we finish with the examination process then they'll also meet with the hygienist. The hygienist will go through and make sure that the gums are healthy, and just provide some information and feedback based on the findings in that regard. Ultimately the goal is to lower the patient's inflammatory response and allow them to get healthy through our hygiene department.
What Will My Appointment Be Like?
During your examination, we will:
Regular professional dental cleanings and exams are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
How Often Do I Need To See The Dentist?
We recommend that you get in to see Dr. Morton every six months for dental cleanings and dental exams in Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA. This gives you a break between visits but is still frequent enough to not be surprised by any dental issues that may begin to creep up.