Cleaning & Exam

Regular dental visits at McGue Dental Care will help prevent dental disease combined with good brushing and flossing habits along with a balanced diet.  Dr. McGue will evaluate the current health of your mouth and inform you of the best preventative care plan for you.  You can expect the following when you visit our office.

Dental Cleaning

Your dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist.  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.


Dental Exam

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

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. ADA recommends a current set of x-rays (bitewings) every year.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

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.