Hygiene Check-ups

During your hygiene check-ups at Smiles by Steedman in Lake Stevens, Dr. Steedman and our exceptional hygienists will perform a comprehensive dental exam and a thorough dental cleaning. The comprehensive exam will include:

  • Examination of existing dental restorations: We will go through and evaluate the state of your current bridges, fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Taking and examining digital dental X-rays: Digital X-rays are essential in helping us detect cysts, bone loss, tooth decay, and tumors.  Digital X-rays can also give us valuable information on the tooth and root positions.
  • Evaluation for periodontal (gum) disease: We will examine your gums, tissues, and bone for gum disease.
  • Oral cancer screening: As part of the oral cancer screening, we will examine your neck, face, lips, throat, tongue, tissues, and gums.
  • Tooth decay evaluation: We will check all tooth surfaces for decay with special instruments.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Your hygiene check-up will also include a professional dental cleaning. Performed by either Dr. Steedman or one of our hygienists, your cleaning will involve:

  • Removing plaque: This sticky, clear film forms on the teeth and consists of saliva, food debris, and living bacteria. The bacteria produce poisons or toxins that lead to periodontal disease.
  • Removing tartar (calculus): Calculus is hardened plaque that has attached the surface of the teeth either below or above the gum line. Only a trained dental professional using specialized instruments can effectively remove calculus.
  • Polishing the teeth: Any surface stains and leftover plaque will be polished away and you will be left with a healthy and clean smile.

We recommend visiting the dentist at least once every six months to remain in optimal oral health. To schedule your next hygiene check-up, please call us today. We look forward to helping you achieve a radiant and healthy new smile!