Regular Exams & Cleanings

Estero Bay Dental is a preventive-oriented practice. This means we want our patients to avoid costly restorative work by preventing problems or catching them early. Our Dental Hygienists offer gentle, thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar that can cause future problems. When examing your x-rays and your teeth, you can expect our to be conservative in their recommendations. Our first preference is always to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

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Regular Exams & Cleanings

At Estero Bay Dental in Estero, FL, we focus on helping you prevent costly restorative and cosmetic work in the future by having your best oral health now. We strongly encourage all patients to keep up with routine exams and cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings and routine dental examinations. 

Cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing. In addition, your dental hygienist can detect early signs of gum disease and other irregularities that warrant attention or treatment. Even patients with the best home oral care need professional cleanings.  Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves and pits. Over time, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.

At your exam, your dentist will check for problems that you are not yet able to see or feel. The earlier dental issues are caught, the less complicated, invasive, and costly treatments tend to be. 

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease 


What to Expect?

Your cleaning and consultation will consist of a visible examination of the teeth and gums. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may also require x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. You’ll also consult with your dentist about any oral health problems you may have been having or questions that you may have. The cleaning will follow, during which a dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished before your dentist discusses any treatment recommendations he or she may have for you.

What should I expect at my cleaning and exam consultation?

The Dental Hygienist will provide a gentle but thorough cleaning of your teeth and monitor the health of your teeth and gums for any issues. Plaque and other build up will be removed and your teeth will be polished. Your Hygienist will give you appropriate suggestions and instruction for home oral care to ensure your best oral health. If you are due for X-rays, these will be taken before you see the dentist so he or she can evaluate the images for any problems.
The Dentist will then examine your teeth and gums along with your x-rays. He or she will discuss any issues they see and give you treatment options. Our team believes in collaborating with our patients to help them get the dental care they need. We understand that different patients have different goals and budget constraints and we will always work with you to determine which treatment plan works for you. At all visits, we also want to hear about any oral health problems you have been having or questions you may have.

What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?

In between dental cleanings and consultations, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes daily flossing and brushing after meals. It’s also important to drink fluoridated water and use a fluoridated toothpaste