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Many people try to avoid the dental office at all costs, which makes a required six-month checkup quite inconvenient. Little did they know, dental cleanings and exams are vital for their oral health, and the treatments involved are a lot easier than they remember. To help you know a little more about dental cleanings and exams so you can feel better about your upcoming appointment, our dentist, Dr. Maria Hayes, would be happy to give you answers to commonly asked questions about dental checkups.

Why do I need a dental cleaning and exam?

Dental cleanings are very important because they help you remove stubborn, harmful substances from your teeth and gums, like plaque and tartar. These substances can promote tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed. When it comes to your exam, this gives your dentist the opportunity to detect and treat dental issues at early stages of development, which can help you avoid major dental problems and consequences.

What happens during the appointment?

During your exam, our dental team will use special tools to deeply clean your smile. We will scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth, thoroughly floss your smile, clean your gums, polish your enamel, and even strengthen your teeth. During your exam, your dentist will gently inspect the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues for any signs of dental problems and even oral cancer. Your dentist will also inspect dental X-rays that were taken at the beginning of the appointment. If a problem is detected, she will recommend treatment.

Will treatment hurt?

Your dental cleaning and exam will not hurt. You might feel a little bit of pressure when we remove the plaque and your gums might feel a little sensitive when we floss your teeth (if you don’t regularly floss), but the treatment will not be painful.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dental checkups in Gaithersburg, Maryland, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Alluring Smiles, LLC. All you need to do is call 301-637-6155 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team looks forward to hearing from and helping you!