Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry because they allow us to address dental problems in their early stages, and to identify serious problems. Most people need an exam every six months, but we may recommend more frequent visits depending on your circumstances.
X-rays, another preventative dentistry measure, take pictures called radiographs that show us the interior of dental structures and tissues, like teeth, gums and bones. These allows Dr. Koutsioukis to make a more thorough examination than is possible with the naked eye, and can help spot problems that would otherwise go undetected and untreated.
Regular dental cleanings by Dr. Koutsioukis or our dental hygienist here at our Greenville, South Carolina dental practice are part of a proper oral hygiene routine. Cleanings help fight plaque, the major cause of tooth decay, gingivitis and serious gum disease.
Plaque that remains on teeth eventually hardens into tartar, which is virtually impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Scaling is the deep-cleaning procedure Dr. Koutsioukis or our hygienist uses to scrape the tartar off your teeth at and below the gumline.
Polishing is often the last step of a dental cleaning, scaling (deep root cleaning), and some restorative procedures, like when a new crown is placed. It smooths and polishes the tooth or restores surface and removes some stains.