A routine dental cleaning or preventive cleaning is generally performed every 6 months by one of our experienced dental hygienists. The purpose of a routine dental cleaning is to maintain a healthy mouth and catch any periodontal or dental issues early. Sometimes teeth cleanings may be performed more often than twice a year depending on the patient’s need. Certain systemic diseases, medications, cancer treatments, orthodontic treatment, chronic dry mouth, as well as many other reasons may present the need for more than two dental cleanings a year.
Generally once a year bitewing radiographs (x-rays) are taken and every 3-5 years, a panoramic x-ray (Panorex) is taken.
Bitewing x-rays show cavities that are between teeth and they can also show us the bone loss between teeth related to periodontal disease.
Periapical x-rays are taken if there is a concern for a tooth that may have an abscess or something going on with the root or surrounding bone.
Panoramic x-rays are used to see the entire upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), wisdom teeth locations, abnormal growths, and other surrounding areas.