Professional Cleanings

A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health.

Professional cleanings reinforce the home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the hygienist and dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.

During a dental cleaning, you’ll receive diagnostic and preventive services from Dr. Burkett as well as any needed educational information.

Diagnostic services may include:

Reviewing and updating medical history, including information about heart problems, pregnancy, diabetes and medications, which may have an impact on your oral health

Oral cancer examination and screening

Evaluation of gum tissue

Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns

X-rays or examination of teeth to detect decay

Referral to specialists for specific treatment

Preventive services may include:

Removal of plaque and tartar

Stain removal

Fluoride application

Sealants (for children)

Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns

Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures

Educational services may include:

Tooth brushing and flossing instructions

Nutritional counseling

Recommendations for future treatment

Evaluation of self-care effectiveness

Tobacco-cessation counseling

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