dental exams and cleanings

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Prevention: The Key to Ideal Oral Health

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting Dr. Terra Pauly for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. We are passionate about delivering the best care possible so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.

By routinely visiting Pauly Dental for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in our Wichita dentist's office
  • Have a smile that will last a lifetime

Dental Exams

During your dental exam at our Wichita dental office, Dr. Pauly will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. She will also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. We use advanced intraoral photos and digital X-rays, which use less radiation than traditional X-rays, to discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.

Professional Dental Cleanings

We have two outstanding, highly qualified dental hygienists here at Pauly Dental: Traci and Ally. They are both dedicated to providing gentle hygiene care, along with education and home-care instructions to help you maintain the health of your smile.

Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.

Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride if necessary.

If Dr. Pauly or your hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits, may recommend antibiotics, or suggest restorative treatments like fillings or crowns. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Pauly will recommend you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.

Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. We offer several sedation options, including nitrous oxide, to ensure your comfort. Dr. Pauly is also trained to provide oral sedation through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

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