Cleanings, Exams and X-Rays

Routine cleanings at our office are just as important to your overall dental health as regular brushing and flossing.

Cleanings

During your cleaning, we will:

Remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque is caused by the collection of bacteria on the teeth from food. When plaque is allowed to harden, it forms tartar which is tough and colorless and requires tooth scaling to remove.
Polish your teeth to remove surface stains and smooth the surfaces of the teeth which makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to build-up.
Evaluate the severity of any signs of gum disease or past periodontal treatments which may require a deep cleaning.

Dr. Nadia Navid will review your dental history to identify any potential issues that require special treatment.

Dental Exam

Bi-annual check-ups with Dr. Nadia Navid not only help to maintain oral health, they can catch potential problems in the early stages when they are more easily treatable. Left untreated, these small issues have the potential to become more serious, often necessitating more extensive and costly procedures to repair in the future.

Dental examinations typically include:

screenings for gum disease and oral cancer
a visual tooth decay evaluation
gum pocket measurement
x-rays to detect decay and other hidden issues.

Regular examinations by Nadia Navid, DDS are very important for your health.
X-rays

Dental x-rays are an important component of comprehensive dental care. They are used to identify unseen dental problems early-on, such as cavities, internal tooth damage, and impacted teeth.

At Petaluma Family Dentistry we utilize digital x-rays to maximize efficiency and minimize your exposure to radiation by up to 90%. The large, color-enhanced images enable a discussion of your dental health.

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