Dental Cleanings and Exams

Regular dental cleanings and dental exams at Panama City Smiles are a very important part of preventive care for overall and oral health. Even when you do your part at home by making good nutritional choices and brushing and flossing daily, the American Dental Association recommends you have a dental cleanings and dental exams at least twice a year. If it has been awhile since your last checkup, you need to come and see Dr. Anish Patel.

Why do I Need a Professional Dental Cleanings?

A thorough professional cleaning helps to remove plaque bacteria and tartar from your teeth that you cannot get to at home. There are places in your mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach, including the deep grooves and fissures in your back teeth that are even smaller than a bristle on your toothbrush. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar that can be removed only by Dr. Patel or our dental hygienist with special tools. Keeping your teeth professionally cleaned prevents tooth decay and gum disease much better than home care alone. Problems caught early help ensure fewer and less expensive dental visits in the future.

What is the New Patient Experience?

We roll out the red carpet for our patients! We want you to know how special you are to us! Your new patient experience begins the moment you make an appointment with Panama City Smiles. We get to know your name and help you get prepared for your first visit. You will receive a welcome packet in the mail, with everything you need to get started and details about what to bring with you. When you come in the first time, be prepared to spend 1 to 2 hours with us – we like to take our time with each patient. Christa will greet you and show you around the office. You can even enjoy a beverage while we finish your paperwork. You will find your treatment room with your name on it and meet your hygienist there for your first cleaning. We hope you enjoy your first visit and every visit to our office!

What Can I Expect During a Cleaning?

First, Dr. Patel or our hygienist will use special hand tools to scrape off any tartar that has accumulated on your teeth. We will floss between your teeth, removing any bits of food that are stuck. Then we will thoroughly clean every surface of all your teeth, removing plaque and surface stains. Finally, we will buff your teeth with a special toothpaste that polishes your teeth until they are smooth and resistant to the buildup of plaque bacteria.

Right after your teeth are cleaned and smoothed is a great time to apply fluoride to your teeth, giving extra support to your protective enamel. Dr. Patel may also recommend applying a sealant on the deep pits and grooves of your back teeth to provide a barrier from plaque bacteria.

When you come for a cleaning, it is also an opportunity for us to examine your teeth and gums for any signs of problems that need attention. Dr. Patel will do a thorough examination of your whole mouth, including teeth, gums, and soft tissues. We will look for tooth decay and cavities that may need to be filled. If your gums are swollen or receding, we may recommend additional therapies, like root scaling and planing, to stop gum disease in its tracks. In addition to early detection of tooth decay and gum disease, Dr. Patel will also do a visual oral cancer screening.

Before you leave, we will discuss treatment for any issues that were discovered in the exam. Appointments will be arranged for procedures that need to be done. We will also give you advice about how to take even better care of your teeth when you go home.

Time for a Checkup?

An appointment for dental cleanings and dental exams usually takes only about an hour or so, but it can save you so much time, hassle, and money. Make an appointment at Panama City Smiles today by using our
online form or calling (850) 588-0185.