Dr. Steve Walton’s Columbus office recommends standard, biannual exams and cleanings. We utilize the same formula for our adult patients, as well as our young patients, just embarking on their children’s dental hygiene experience. During the oral exam part of your appointment, you will undergo a variety of dental hygiene processes.
- Evaluation of x-rays – X-rays are an integral piece to diagnosis and future planning. We will look for decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss, as well as evaluate the positions of teeth and roots.
- Oral cancer screenings – We will scan the whole oral region for any possible signs of cancer. This includes the face, tongue, neck, lips, throat, tissue and gums.
- Gum disease check – The gums, bones and teeth are checked for any indication of deterioration, pointing to periodontal disease.
- Tooth decay examination – All surfaces throughout the mouth are examined with the appropriate instruments for decay build-up.
- Grading of existing restorations – We will check on the condition of current fillings and crowns to see if any repair work is needed.
After the exam portion, we will move on to dental cleaning. Cleanings are conducted by registered dental hygienists and include several steps.
- Removal of plaque – Plaque, a sticky, invisible film that resides on surface of your teeth, must be removed. The film consists of living bacteria, food particles and saliva. The bacteria will produce an acid that inflames the gums, increasing susceptibility to eventual periodontal disease.
- Removal of tartar – Tartar is the hardened version of plaque and our second target. The next stage of plaque build-up, tartar is the completely attached, adhering to surfaces both above and below the gum line.
- Teeth polishing – In our final clean-up stage, any remaining stain or plaque is removed, so that our patients leave confidently, with a bright, shining smile.