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Routine Dental Cleanings

To keep your teeth healthy and catch problems early

At Madison Family Dental, our mission is to deliver healthy, lasting smiles. We prioritize preventive oral healthcare in the form of routine dental cleanings because we know how important it is to catch potential problems before they get worse. Regular appointments can save your family time, money, and pain down the road!

We tailor our dental procedures to each individual patient. Here’s an idea of what you can expect when you come in for a routine cleaning.

Regular dental cleanings for adult patients with healthy gums

We recommend that adult patients with healthy gums come in for regular dental cleanings twice a year, or every six months.

At every appointment, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Ask if you have been experiencing any dental problems or have any questions for us
  • Perform a physical exam using a small mirror to check your teeth and gums for any concerns like inflammation or sores
  • Remove plaque and tartar using a vibrating tool called a scaler
  • Polish your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush
  • Floss between all of your teeth, including around permanent retainers
  • Thoroughly rinse your mouth so you don’t leave with a gritty feeling

At every other appointment, or once a year, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Take low-radiation, quick digital x-rays to evaluate your teeth and bone health
  • Check the spaces between your teeth and gums for any pocketing that might indicate developing periodontal (gum) disease

Regular dental cleanings for adult patients with periodontal (gum) disease

If you have periodontal disease, we recommend that you come in for routine dental cleanings every three to four months. This increased frequency will help us keep tabs on your gum health and perform deep cleanings to prevent problems from getting worse.

You can learn more about our special cleanings for periodontal patients here, including information about our scaling and root planing process.

Regular dental cleanings for pediatric patients

We recommend that pediatric patients who are otherwise healthy come in for regular dental cleanings twice a year, or every six months. We often see parents bring their kids in all at the same time — thanks to our multiple dentists on staff, we’re able to offer appointments for your entire family.

At every pediatric appointment, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Ask if your child has been experiencing any dental problems or if either of you have any questions for us
  • Give your child the option of holding onto one of our stuffed animals — Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon — to feel more comfortable during their cleaning
  • Perform a physical exam using a small mirror to check your child’s teeth and gums for any concerns like inflammation or sores
  • Remove plaque and tartar using a special vibrating tool called a scaler
  • Polish your child’s teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush
  • Floss between all of your child’s teeth
  • Apply a special fluoride coating to help your child’s teeth stay strong
  • Thoroughly rinse your child’s mouth so he or she doesn’t leave with a gritty feeling
  • Talk to your child about the importance of proper brushing and flossing habits
  • Make your child’s experience at the dentist quick, painless, and fun!

At every other appointment, or once a year, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Take low-radiation, quick digital x-rays to evaluate you child’s teeth and bone health
  • Reward your child for good dental hygiene practices if they are cavity-free with a goody from our Kids Club Program

Regular dental cleanings for geriatric patients

Because senior patients are more likely to experience bone loss and be on medications that can affect their oral health, we recommend that they come in for regular dental cleanings at least every six months if not more frequently. We’ll work with each patient on a case-by-case basis to find a frequency that works for them.

At every appointment, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Ask if you have been experiencing any dental problems or have any questions for us
  • Discuss common senior dental health issues and their solutions, including darkened teeth, dry mouth, and a diminished sense of taste
  • Perform a physical exam using a small mirror to check your teeth and gums for any concerns like inflammation or sores
  • Check the strength of any dental implants, bridges, crowns, or other restorative dentistry you’ve had performed
  • Remove plaque and tartar using a vibrating tool called a scaler
  • Polish your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush
  • Floss between all of your teeth, including around permanent retainers
  • Thoroughly rinse your mouth so you don’t leave with a gritty feeling

At every other appointment, or once a year, your Madison Family Dental hygienist will:

  • Take low-radiation, quick digital x-rays to evaluate your teeth and bone health
  • Check the spaces between your teeth and gums for any pocketing that might indicate developing periodontal (gum) disease

Please request an appointment online for a dental treatment consultation with one of our dental professionals.

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