Dental Cleanings & Exams

In a statement from the Surgeon General, they clearly lay out that “oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and can be achieved by all Americans.” At Edinburg Family Dentistry, we strongly agree and pride ourselves on being able to help the community achieve this goal.

Importance of Routine Teeth Cleanings and Exams

Regular cleanings and exams are an important foundation for your oral health. Even those with impeccable oral hygiene still need assistance removing plaque and tartar. Our dental hygienist will help remove these decay-forming materials from hard to reach spots and leave you with a sparkling shine.

Beyond a cleaning, the dental exam is an integral part of preventive dental health. There are many areas that the dentist will inspect to identify any warning signs for the following:

  • Cavities – through physical inspection and x-rays, we can determine if there are any cavities that need to be filled or if there are any weak spots under the surface.
  • Gum disease – by flossing between teeth and inspecting for sensitive areas, your dentist can determine if there are any signs of gum disease.
  • Oral cancer – like many other early cancer screenings, the survival rate increases the earlier it is detected. By visually and physically inspecting the mouth, your dentist can alert you to any warning signs.
  • Previous dental work – for those with prior fillings, crowns, dental implants or other dental appliances, the biannual exam allows the dentist to inspect them and make sure they are in proper working order. Small early fixes can be easier and less costly than larger repairs.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.