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Washington Heights Comprehensive Dental Care

At Fort Washington Dental Associates, our team believes in comprehensive dental care. We believe it is important to look at the mouth as a whole rather than looking at each tooth as an individual. Your first visit with us will include a set of x-rays, a comprehensive exam, and a cleaning. We will go over any treatment necessary and review best individual practices that will help you maintain your overall dental health.

Why Schedule a Professional Dental Exam and Cleaning?

Scheduling a regular dental exam also helps identify potential oral health issues early on. Early detection of gum disease and tooth decay is critical to minimizing any risk of damage and effectively restoring the tooth. Although brushing and flossing your teeth at home is important for your oral health, it can be difficult to remove plaque and tartar with just your toothbrush. During a professional tooth cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use specialized tools and instruments to remove stubborn debris from your teeth, which helps to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. 

What Happens During a Check Up Appointment?

Dental Exam

The first part of every professional dental cleaning is the exam. During the visual exam, your dentist will check your teeth and gums for signs of common oral health problems such as cavities and gingivitis. For some appointments, the dentist will use an x-ray to get a closer look at the health and layout of your teeth.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is more common than most patients realize. During the dental exam, your dental professional will look for common signs of oral cancer on your neck, lips, and inside your mouth including the tongue and gums. 

Plaque and Tartar Removal

Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of gum disease and tooth decay if allowed to build up. Your dental professional will use specialized tools and instruments to gently scrape away plaque and tartar for a smooth, clean tooth surface.

Fluoride Application

The final step of the cleaning process is a fluoride application. The fluoride acts as an additional layer of protection against cavities and gives your teeth a beautifully polished look.

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