Dental Cleanings | Delmarva Dental Services

Dental Cleanings

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DENTAL CLEANINGS (Prophylaxis)A dental cleaning (Prophylaxis) is usually performed by a licensed dental hygienist who has a 2 or 4 year degree in dental hygiene. It’s not just a cleaning, it is much more than just cleaning teeth. It consists of many tasks performed during the visit. At Delmarva Dental Services we schedule an hour for this service. Many offices schedule less time, a half hour or 45 minutes. We routinely perform the following services during the prophylaxis.
  • Update your medical history
  • Check your jaw joint
  • Check your head, neck & jaw lymph nodes
  • Check for oral cancer
  • Probe & measure all the teeth for gum disease
  • Examine your teeth for cavities, beginning cavities, precavities, cracks, wear, erosion, and recession
  • Check for any defective dental work
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your home care
  • Give instruction in oral hygiene
  • Give instruction in diet
  • Take needed radiographs
  • Photograph for documentation any questionable areas
  • Scale calculus (tartar) off the teeth
  • Polish the stains
  • Floss the teeth
  • We may provide the following additional services:
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Fluoride varnish
  • Brush biopsy
Most people come every six months for this appointment. Here at Delmarva Dental Services we decide on how often you should have your teeth cleaned based on your individual needs. It could be more or less frequent than every 6 months. The service and information you receive during this valuable appointment will help you have a healthier and better quality life.