Dental Exams & Cleanings
Your teeth need more than at home brushing and flossing to remain healthy. They also require regular dental exams and cleaning to ensure your smile stays bright. Family Dentistry of New Jersey (FDNJ) encourages our clients to schedule dental check-ups every six months. This form of preventive care helps us find any small problems before they grow into bigger ones.
You can schedule your dental exam or one for your children by contacting our Ramtown, NJ office.
What Happens During Dental Cleaning Appointments?
Each appointment begins with an exam. Our dentists will inspect your teeth and gums for a few common issues:
- Cavities: A cavity is a spot where bacteria have caused permanent damage to a tooth. They appear as areas of dark discoloration on a tooth's surface.
- Plaque and tartar: Your teeth build plaque and tartar between cleanings — the signs of bacteria growing on your teeth. These substances can cause cavities and other oral health problems.
- Gum disease: Too much space between the teeth and gums indicates gum disease. Our specialized gum measurement tools help us catch gum disease early.
- Tongue, throat and neck diseases: A dentist can spot other health concerns during an examination. We'll notice and help you respond to any signs of inflammation, irritation or redness.
Your at-home brushing and flossing routines are essential to sustain a healthy mouth, but some things need attention from a professional dentist. Plaque and tartar don't respond to brushing or flossing. Only stronger scaling tools can remove them. We'll remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and polish them to remove stains. The cleaning portion of your visit gives your mouth a fresh start for six more months of oral health.
Choose Family Dentistry of New Jersey for Your Dental Exams
Now you understand why getting regular dental care can ease potential problems and give your teeth the deep cleaning and attention they need to remain healthy and function. Why should you pick our practice for dental exams if you live in or around Ramtown, NJ?
Our exceptional team of dentists and hygienists cares about you. We are a patient-first practice that prioritizes your comfort and well-being above all. We consult with our patients to explain possible treatments and outcomes, and together we figure out which one fits with their best interests.
We believe everyone should get the dental treatment they require. You can get treatment at our office whether or not you have insurance. We can finance dental exams and work with you to find solutions to financial concerns.
Schedule an Appointment for Teeth Cleaning at Our Howell, NJ Office
FAQs About Teeth Cleaning and Dental Exams
Want to learn more about our examination and cleaning procedures? Here are a few frequently asked questions to get you started:
- How often should I get my teeth cleaned? We recommend scheduling teeth cleaning appointments twice a year. Plaque and tartar accumulate fast, and regular appointments keep you ahead of the game.
- How long does a dental cleaning take? Every appointment is different, but teeth cleaning appointments usually last 45 minutes to an hour and a half. We recommend planning for the longer end when scheduling your day.
- Does insurance cover dental cleanings? You should confirm with your insurance company to determine if they will cover your cleaning. Any plan with dental insurance will cover two cleanings a year.
- What do I need to bring for my first dental exam? Dentists accepting new patients will ask for a state ID, driver's license, military ID or passport to confirm your identity. If you have a dental insurance card, bring it as well. We also ask that patients arrive with time to complete a few registration forms.