General Dentistry

Dental Exam

On your first visit to our office, Dr. Clifton Baldwin and his staff will perform a detailed dental exam. Most likely X-rays will be taken and Dr. Baldwin or a hygienist will evaluate your general oral health. At this visit you can expect:

X-Ray Evaluation: X-rays are taken for several reasons but the purpose is to inform Dr. Baldwin and you of the condition of your mouth. Possible bone loss, tooth decay and tumors will be looked for in the x-rays. Knowing the condition and position of your roots and teeth will also help to know how to proceed further in caring for your teeth and gums.

Gum disease evaluation: The dental hygienist and Dr. Baldwin will also check your gums and the bones around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

Oral cancer screening: You will be checked for oral cancer in your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and the tissue and gums inside your mouth.

Examination of tooth decay: Dr. Baldwin and his staff will also look for any tooth decay using some of their special instruments.

Examination of existing dental work: Any previous fillings, crowns or other treatments will also be checked during this visit to be sure they are still in good condition.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Dental Hygienists usually perform all cleanings with Dr. Baldwin’s direction. Normally when you set an appointment for a dental cleaning you will also have your dental exam. The cleaning typically will include:

Removal of calculus (tartar): This removal can only be done with special dental tools. Calculus is plaque that is left on your tooth and then becomes hard. It becomes firmly attached to your tooth and that is why it needs to be removed at a dental cleaning.

Removal of plaque: In order to avoid possible periodontal disease, plaque also will be removed. Plaque can be described as a sticky film that forms on your teeth allowing bacteria, food debris, and saliva to build up. This can then lead to the gums becoming inflamed and infected because of the toxins released by the bacteria build up.

Teeth polishing: Once most of the tartar and plaque buildup is removed, your teeth will be polished to remove stains and any remaining plaque.