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dental cleaning and exam

At Stauffer Family Dental in Westerville, OH we see many patients from Westerville, Sunbury, Lewis Center, Powell, Gahana, and Columbus for a dental cleaning and exam.  Prevention is the best thing that we can do for our patients.  These appointments not only give us the opportunity to clean the teeth but we also check on your overall oral health, so we can spot and treat issues before they become larger.

Is Every Dental Cleaning the same?

Every patient who walks into Stauffer Family Dental in Westerville, OH is unique and so are your dental needs.  At each dental exam, we will asses the overall health of your gums and bone around the teeth.  This helps us determine what type of cleaning you will need.  Patients with healthy gum and bone around the teeth only need a routine dental cleaning and dental exam every 6 months.    When patients have been diagnosed with gum disease, they often need a deeper cleaning.  After the deep cleaning, they will have a different type of cleaning called periodontal maintenance and come in to see us more frequently.  Lastly, if the gums are showing signs of inflammation or the patient has braces, they may have a routine dental cleaning but have this more frequently, possibly every 3-4 months instead of every 6.


Who will perform my dental cleaninG?

At Stauffer Family Dental in Westerville, OH, we have three amazing hygienists.  Kim, Lauren and Jennelle will be the faces that you see at your dental cleaning.  You often will see the same hygienist and we will try our best to honor requests.  But all three do are thorough and gentle, so do not worry if you are seeing someone different!  Dr. Heidi will do your exam every time because we only have one dentists at our office.  If you need treatment, you might meet our Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary, Tiffany, who assists Dr. Heidi. 

How often should I come in for a dental cleaning and exam?

We assess this at every visit as part of your dental exam.  If we find you need cleanings more or less frequently, we will change our recommendation.  Many patients can go up to 6 months between cleanings and have 2 cleanings per year.  However, some patients due to gum disease, inflammation, or buildup of plaque and tartar need to be seen more frequently.  Sometimes we recommend seeing patients every 3-4 months which would be 3-4 dental cleanings per year.

What to expect at a dental cleaning?

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How common is gum disease?

Gum disease is fairly common, the CDC reports it affects 46% of all adults over the age of 30.  This percentage also increases with age.  This is why dental cleanings and exams are so important.  Also, the inflammation from gum disease can contribute to systemic problems like heart disease.  This makes these frequent exams even more important.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease also known as periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the bone and gums around the teeth.  The CDC reports that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.  Risk factors for gum disease include smoking and diabetes.  Mild gum disease can be treated with a deeper cleaning and more frequent cleanings.  Sometimes more advanced gum disease will require a referral to a specialist called a periodontist for further treatment. 


The difference of a dental cleaning and exam at stauffer family dental in westerville, OH

At Stauffer Family Dental in Westerville, Ohio, we specialize in comprehensive dental exams and cleaning services for patients of all ages. We've got you covered, from kids' dental exams to adults' deep-cleaning teeth services. Our experienced team ensures a thorough dental cleaning and exam to keep your smile healthy and bright. Don't wait - schedule your dental exam and cleaning today to maintain optimal oral health. Call us at 614-882-2249 or complete our website form to book your appointment now!

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