Regular Exams & Cleanings

Even if you maintain a perfect daily oral hygiene routine at home, going to your regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings with us at Briarwood Valley Dentistry is essential if you want that healthy smile to last for a lifetime. Regular exams and cleanings allow Dr. Hanna and our dental team to keep a close eye on your dental health, identifying any signs of oral health issues so we can provide preventative or restorative treatment to ensure that you have the healthiest smile possible. We’ve been working with the families of Kalamazoo, MI for years, providing comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages, and we look forward to providing you with the same care to help you achieve and maintain the radiant, healthy smile you deserve.

What To Expect At Your Dental Exam

For your dental exams, we start out by getting to know more about you by having you fill out our new patients forms with your basic information, such as your health and medical history. For existing patients, we will update your information to ensure that we’re always providing you with the best care based around your personal health. 

The next step is to examine the current state of your oral health, so we ask you if you’ve been experiencing any issues with your teeth, bite, or gums either currently or in the past. Dr. Hanna will then conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, checking for signs of any oral health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. If she spots any warning signs, we can work with you to start planning any necessary treatment to prevent the problem from developing or getting worse.

We encourage that you ask any questions that come to mind during your appointment, from ways that you can prevent bad breath and how you can improve your oral hygiene routine to what we’re looking for when we examine your teeth and gums. Whatever you want to know, we will be happy to provide answers so you can fully understand everything that involves your oral health, to ensure that you are always having the most comfortable dental experience possible.

What To Expect During Your Dental Cleaning

After we’ve finished with the initial check up and exam, your dental hygienist will take over to for your teeth cleaning. The cleaning typically takes anywhere between 40 and 60 minutes, during which we will clear away any plaque and tartar that has built up on the surfaces of your teeth and below the gum line in a process that is called “scaling.” We may also use a special tool called a diagnodent laser, which can detect and reveal areas of your enamel where the tooth is weakened or decayed and may require treatment. After your cleaning is finished, we will apply a fluoride polish to your teeth, which will help restore essential minerals to your teeth to keep them strong while buffing them to a brilliant, healthy shine.

Contact Briarwood Valley Dentistry Today!

To ensure that your future is full of healthy smiles, schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with us today by contacting us or filling out our online appointment request form. At Briarwood Valley Dentistry, the high quality dental care that you deserve is never far from home, as we proudly serve the families of Kalamazoo and Galesburg, MI. If you have any questions about dental exams, cleanings, or any of the other general and cosmetic dental services that we offer, just reach out to us and our staff will happily provide you with the information you need. We look forward to seeing your smile in our office soon!