Why We Don't Use The Term Dental Cleaning
The term “dental cleaning” is one of the most frequently used terms in dental offices. In fact, you have probably called your dentist a number of times to tell them you need to schedule your dental cleaning. Recently we started thinking about this widely used term and decided it was not really an accurate description of what happens when you come to see us twice a year so we made the decision to remove it from our vocabulary. Bye bye dental cleanings! It was nice knowing you.
What Really Happens At Our Dental Cleanings
To explain ourselves a little better, let’s briefly list what happens at your semi-annual dental check-ups.
- All the tartar and calculus buildup is removed from your teeth
- Radiographs (if necessary) are taken
- An intraoral / extraoral exam is completed
- Both the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks) and hard tissues (palate, gums) are carefully examined
- An oral cancer screening is performed
- Your teeth are finely polished and flossed
- Oral hygiene instructions are discussed
With all of these services being performed at your appointments, doesn’t it seem a bit inaccurate to describe them as “dental cleanings?” In reality, the cleaning of your teeth is only a small portion of what is completed when you come to see the dentist twice a year. These appointments are much more valuable than we think most people give them credit for, so we made the decision to call them comprehensive hygiene visits.
Comprehensive Hygiene Visits Promote Your Oral Health
At Rusnak Family Dentistry, we believe a comprehensive hygiene visit more accurately describes what we are doing when you come in for your preventative dental care. Instead of just cleaning your teeth, we are paying attention to the health of your entire mouth. This is just one way that we believe we are providing our patients in Richmond, VA with the highest quality dental care available to them.
Tell Us What You Think
What questions do you have about your comprehensive hygiene visits? Do you agree with our decision to remove the term “dental cleaning” from our vocabulary? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!