Cleaning and Exams

Cleaning and Exams


The professional, thorough, and gentle cleanings that you receive at our Durham, NC dental practice are different from but just as important as your regular home routine of flossing and brushing. What the hygienist does at our office using her instruments you cannot do at home.  It is very important to come in every 6 months for a cleaning and check up to assure that you are not building up plaque and tartar and that no new cavities or issue have happened since the last six months. If not checked or filled cavities can get bigger and lead to more issues such as infection and loss of teeth (see Composite Fillings) Which will end up more expensive then preventing them when you come every 6 months.

During your cleaning, you will receive:

  • Plaque removal
  • Calculus removal
  • Teeth polishing

Please contact our office soon to schedule your next appointment. Effective and efficient removal of plaque and calculus can only be done by a dental professional trained in the use of specialized, ultrasonic tools.


Dental exams, along with regular cleanings, are performed at your normal dental appointments. All regular checkups will include:

  • Examination of dental X-rays
  • Evaluation of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Examination of any existing dental restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.)
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Examination for tooth decay

We invite you to contact our Durham, NC dental office today to schedule your next appointment and learn how you can maintain your oral health.