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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Heit at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Review of medical and dental history:  Vital for the integration of your personal information into the diagnosis and treatment planning of your dental health
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) examination:  TMD (temporomadibular disorder) is a common problem that can show up as headaches (including migraines), neckaches, ringing in the ears, tingling in the fingertips, posture problems, general unwellness and chronic pain.  Dr Heit is a general dentist, which assess these symptoms and can treat using conservative, non-invasive, drugfree techniques. 
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Evaluation of optimal tooth eruption and growth and development of the jaws:  Dr. Heit will observe the eruption pattern in your child and can suggest options to enhance the development of more optimal jaw position and arch width to accommodate all the teeth when they come in.  Many times, orthodontic treatment can be averted!

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Kaitlin is a exceptional fully certified hygienist that is thorough and effective in controlling your periodontal disease which is the number one cause of tooth loss.  She is well known for her gentleness.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.


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