Periodic Exam and Professional Dental Cleaning

Periodic Exam and Professional Dental Cleaning Photo

Twice a year, you should schedule a routine exam and cleaning. During the exam, Dr. Galindo and his hygienist will exam your teeth and gums for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and other dental problems. X-rays will be taken.

Our dental hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth.

If you are due for your annual dental cleaning, please call (602) 441-5529 to schedule an appointment.

Digital X-Rays

In order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental services, we use dental radiographs, or X-rays, in our office. These radiographs provide us with invaluable information about your oral and dental health.

While radiographic equipment does produce radiation (and depends on that radiation to function properly), modern advances in technology are continually reducing the amount of radiation that is produced. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other "normal" sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes.

X-rays work on a simple principle: the X-rays are stimulated and sent through the mouth. When these rays pass through, they are absorbed more by the bones in your mouth than the gums and other soft tissues, creating a picture of how the teeth inside your mouth are positioned, as well as any potential areas of weakness or decay in your teeth.

While this radiation is very low, it is still recommended that pregnant women avoid any unnecessary X-rays. However, pregnant women are also more vulnerable to gum disease, so X-rays be recommended, in which case proper precautions should be taken, such as using a lead apron and thyroid collar.

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