There are two parts to a typical dental visit – examination and cleaning.
The exam will check for cavities, plaque, and tartar on your teeth. X-rays are one way your dentist diagnoses whether you need any teeth restored to health with a crown or filling and also whether you have gum disease.
The best way to achieve optimum oral health is to visit a professional dental provider. At your preventative appointment every six months, an examination is performed to check for signs of cavities and/or gum disease. Dental hygienists use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
They can also look for signs of oral cancer, evaluate supporting bone structure, and assess your current dental state. Your dental team will be able to detect oral health problems earlier than you can. Early treatment for issues such as decay and gum disease will reduce your potential for serious health problems long term.