Regular Exams & Cleanings

Exams & Cleanings At Your Kalamazoo, MI Dentist

Even if you take perfect care of your smile at home, visiting your Kalamazoo dentist for regular exams and cleanings is essential for your oral health to last a lifetime. These visits allow Dr. Hanna and our dental team to keep a close eye on your oral health, identifying any signs of potential problems so that we can provide preventative or restorative treatment to ensure that you have the healthiest smile possible.

What To Expect During Your Dental Exam

Our friendly office staff will provide you with new patient forms to be filled out with your basic information, including your health and medical history, to begin your appointment. For existing patients, your information will be updated to ensure that we’re always providing you with the best care based around your personal health.

Next, we’ll examine the current state of your oral health and we ask if you’ve been experiencing any issues with your teeth, bite, or gums either currently or in the past. Dr. Hanna will then conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, checking for signs of any oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. If any warning signs are spotted, we will work with you to start planning any necessary treatment to prevent the problem from developing or getting worse.

Your appointment is the perfect time to ask questions, from ways that you can prevent bad breath and how you can improve your oral care at home to what we’re looking for when we examine your teeth and gums. Your Kalamazoo dentist will be happy to provide answers to any of your questions to ensure that you have the most comfortable experience possible, and fully understand everything that involves your oral health.

What To Expect During Your Dental Cleaning

After your initial check up and exam, your dental hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning which typically takes anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes. Any plaque and tartar buildup on the surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line will be cleared in a process called “scaling.” We may also use a special tool called a diagnodent laser, which can detect and reveal areas of your enamel where the tooth is weakened or decayed and may require treatment. After these steps are completed, a fluoride polish will be applied to your teeth, which will help restore essential minerals and keep your teeth strong while buffing them to a brilliant, healthy shine.
 

Contact Your Kalamazoo, MI Dentist Today!

At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, we have provided comprehensive dental care and cosmetic dentistry services to countless patients throughout Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas for many years. We look forward to providing you with that same care, so schedule an appointment today to ensure that your future is full of healthy smiles! If you have any questions about dental exams or the general and cosmetic dentistry services we provide, we encourage you to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!