Exams & Cleanings

Regular cleanings and exams are an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We recommend our patients schedule a routine exam and cleaning every six months. During this exam, we will:

  • Check for any issues 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
  • Perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and polish them

Your exam and cleaning will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.┬áThese routine appointments include a comprehensive cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface, and bring out the natural shine of your teeth! Regular cleanings and exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact us today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Dental exam and cleaning at Sorrento Dental
Our skilled dental hygienists make sure every patients’ teeth are beautiful and healthy

Additionally, if you have any other questions about your smile, or are interested in Invisalign or veneers (for example), let us know ahead of time so we can make sure your appointment lasts a little longer so we can answer all your questions! We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with your smile, so don’t be shy about asking questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I really need to see a dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see a dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to come in more than just twice a year. We will help determine how often you should visit our office for regular checkups.

I’m embarrassed about my teeth and afraid to see a dentist. Can you help?

We actually hear this all the time. If you’re embarrassed about your teeth, don’t be! I promise you we have seen much worse than whatever dental issues you have! We know there are many reasons people have dental issues, and oftentimes it’s completely out of their control! So, we will never judge you or lecture you. Our goal is to provide you with options that are within your budget and will result in that exceptional smile you deserve!

My teeth feel and look fine; do I still need to see a dentist?

Most dental problems do not suddenly appear, but are the result of years of poor dental hygiene. Even if your teeth feel fine, it’s possible there are underlying issues that you are not aware of. This is especially true as you get older. By the time that toothache comes around, it’s probably well past the point when you should have seen a dentist. But if that’s you, don’t worry! We see patients all the time who know they should have seen a dentist years ago, but didn’t, so don’t be embarrassed.

Any tips for taking care of my teeth between check-ups?

Besides the obvious things such as brushing and flossing, a few simple things include:

  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. If using a natural toothpaste, make sure it includes fluoride!
  • Drink water, especially after meals and drinks such as coffee, wine and soda. This will help get rid of acid and sugar.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. It doesn’t just relieve bad breath, but causes your mouth to salivate, reducing acid and sugar.