Cleanings and Examinations
Your at-home dental care routine is the cornerstone of a healthy and attractive smile. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and taking care not to over-consume sugary foods can help prevent dental health problems such as cavities, tooth infection, and gum disease. However, even the most thorough at-home routine may fall short at preventing all oral health issues, making it important that you build on your strong foundation with regularly scheduled visits to Moore Family Dentistry.
If you are overdue for a professional cleaning and examination, please contact Moore Family Dentistry online or call our Cary, North Carolina office at (919) 772-1811 today to schedule your next appointment.
Dr. Moore suggests every member of your family come to our office twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough examinations. These routine family dentistry visits allow us to remove tartar buildup from all surfaces of the teeth and to check for early warning signs of potential oral health issues. Early detection often allows for minimally invasive treatments and can help prevent serious problems from occurring.
Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Moore may utilize both hands-on evaluations and diagnostic tools during your visits. Tools such as digital x-rays are incredibly useful at detecting unseen issues, allowing us to take action before discomfort arises. Your biannual visits can also be used to check for issues such as TMJ, and give you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you have about your oral health with Dr. Moore and our experienced staff.
Most insurance companies cover the full cost of routine dental visits. Please view our list of accepted dental plans to see if we work with your provider, and be sure to contact your provider with any plan-specific questions.
Dr. Moore is dedicated to helping people of all ages in Cary, Garner and surrounding North Carolina communities maintain peak oral health. To learn more or to schedule your appointment with our experienced family dentist, please contact us today.
Dental cleaning is a three-stage process of scaling, root planning, and polishing.
- Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing, and polishing.
- Root Planing: This is the process of cleaning pockets in the gums to treat and prevent gum problems. Root planing involves inserting a pointed dental tool called scalers into the gum pockets to clean plaque buildup. Depending on the degree of difficulty, root planing may take several appointments and local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.
- Polishing: This is the last step in tooth cleaning and involves finishing the surface of the teeth to make them shiny and clean. There are two kinds of polishing: air polishing and rubber tip polishing. Air polishing works by spraying high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste onto the surface of your teeth. This powered water washes away residue and plaque while baking soda removes stains. Rubber cup polishing uses a low-speed and gentle handpiece that contains a polishing paste made of abrasive ingredients ideal for removing stains.
Please contact Moore Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Adam Moore serves patients in Garner and Cary, North Carolina.