Our hygienists love creating beautiful, healthy smiles by performing dental exams and cleanings for our patients. Also called prophylaxis, dental exams and cleanings are a very important preventive measure for a healthy, clean mouth.

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Who needs a dental exam?

Everyone can benefit from getting his or her dental examination! During your appointment, one of our hygienists will gently clean your teeth, removing the plaque and tartar that doesn’t get removed with regular brushing at home.

Regular exams and cleanings are our dentist’s opportunity to keep up with any developments regarding your dental condition.

  • If you are starting to develop a cavity, this is when our dentists will find it.
  • If you are starting to develop oral cancer, this is when our dentists can discover it.
  • If you are starting to develop gum disease, our dentists can identify that, too.
  • If you require any special oral care products, such as extra fluoride treatments, we will speak with you during your appointment. We can also make certain recommendations for oral care products that will help you.

It is vitally important to catch all of these conditions as early as possible. The earlier you catch them, the quicker you can get started with treatment, and the less damage they will do to your mouth.

Additionally, these appointments allow us to prevent problems from ever occurring.

If decay begins to form on your teeth and you do not get it removed as soon as possible, you run the risk of gum disease or periodontal disease in the future— serious threats to your overall health.

Actually, gum disease has been scientifically linked to serious health problems, such as:

  • Birth complications
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart problems
  • And other serious illnesses


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It is very important to understand that, without routine dental checkups, you are putting yourself at risk for serious oral problems (and overall health problems, too).

What will my appointment be like?

During your examination, we will:

  • Evaluate your overall oral health
  • Discuss oral hygiene practices and habits
  • Check your bite and jaw for any issues
  • Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer
  • Evaluate existing tooth restorations
  • Take dental x-rays if necessary

Regular professional dental cleanings and exams are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

When to schedule your cleaning appointment

We recommend, along with the American Dental Association (ADA), to get your teeth professionally cleaned once every 6 months (2 times per year).

Doing so will help promote healthy, clean teeth. We will be able to keep an eye on any problems and fix them before major problems occur. Six-month checkups are a very important preventive measure for healthy mouths. It is always better to prevent a problem from occurring rather than waiting until the problem worsens. Oral care prevention can help you save money and time in the long run.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, we recommend scheduling your appointment with one of our gentle hygienists in Alpharetta, GA. For the best oral health possible, you should come in at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA at least once every six months.