Dental Exams and Cleanings
Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas
The Best Path to Great Oral Health is Prevention
In addition to at home routine brushing and flossing, visiting Dr. Terra Pauly for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential to keeping your smile looking its best. The well-being of your entire body relies on the importance of the health of your teeth and mouth. We are passionate about delivering the best care possible so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
To ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful, the American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist every six months.
By routinely visiting Pauly Dental for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Avoid costly and extensive dental procedures and save your money
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten your visits in our office
- Insure smile lasts a lifetime
Dr. Pauly will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems during your dental exam. To see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums, she may also want to take X-rays. To discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye, we use advanced intraoral photos and digital X-rays, which use less radiation than traditional X-rays.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Traci and Ally are Pauly Dental’s two highly experienced dental hygienists. Equally committed to help you maintain the health of your smile by providing gentle care, along with education and home-care instructions.
Your cleaning will begin by your dental hygienist exploring your teeth and examining the quality of any existing dental work. 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 use a variety of tools to carefully clean your teeth with and remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then using a polishing compound, your hygienist will floss your teeth, and apply fluoride if necessary.
If tooth decay or gum disease is discovered, we will consult with you about changing your brushing or flossing habits, may recommend antibiotics, or suggest restorative treatments like fillings or crowns. Dr. Pauly will recommend you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual if your teeth and gums appear to be healthy.
Although cleanings aren’t usually painful, be sure to let your hygienist know if you have any anxiety about your dental exam. To ensure your comfort, we offer several sedation options, including nitrous oxide. Dr. Pauly is also trained to provide oral sedation through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).