Maintain a Healthy Smile with Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings

Have you been skipping routine dental exams? Perhaps you don’t see the need to visit a dentist because you observe diligent at-home dental hygiene or don’t have oral pain or obvious problems in your mouth. 

Dental appointments are much more than resolving dental pain or leaving your teeth sparkly clean. Dental check-ups unearth dental issues that may have passed your notice at home. Through dental exams, we spot oral problems early enough before they escalate into bigger, painful, and hard-to-treat problems.

It’s never too late to achieve a healthy, confident smile. Please schedule an appointment with Lifestyle Dentistry in Smyrna, Georgia,for a dental check-up and cleaning.

What to expect at your dental exam visit

Patients normally adhere to dental visits every six months. However, Dentists recommend that patients with an increased risk of cavities or gum disease should schedule more frequent appointments. A typical dental exam and cleaning lasts one hour, and patients don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. 

This is what to expect in your upcoming dental visit.

  • Discussion: If it’s your first appointment, we’ll take your medical history, including chronic conditions, sleep conditions, current medication, allergies, pregnancy, and dental history. We also ask about your current concerns with your smile and future goals.
  • Examination: We’ll examine your teeth, gums, and other oral structures to check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and decay. We’ll also examine your breath, tongue, palate, throat, and neck to look for abnormalities that indicate the presence of mouth cancer. If you are due for X-rays, we’ll take them to identify oral issues not visible to the naked eye.
  • Dental cleaning: If we find no significant issues with your x-rays and gums, our dental hygienist performs a professional teeth cleaning (prophylaxis) using a dental scaler to remove plaque and tartar on your teeth and along the gum line. After a thorough cleaning, we floss and polish your teeth for a clean, healthy mouth.

A standard dental cleaning suffices for most patients, but if you have gum disease, you need a deep cleaning. This procedure is more extensive than regular cleaning and is often performed with anesthesia. During a periodontal cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar along your gum line and all the way to your tooth roots. Finally, we smooth out the tooth roots to discourage future bacterial growth and encourage re-attachment of gums to your teeth.

Healthy mouth, healthy life

Are you looking to get your dental health back on track? All you need to do is call (678) 884-4494

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS

Dr. Aja Nichols

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS, attended dental school in Indiana and served in the US Navy for five years before settling in Smyrna, GA. After receiving her Georgia licensure, she worked for ‘corporate dentistry’ and a mobile dental company caring for underserved elementary and middle school children before opening Lifestyle Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Nichols focuses on the ABCs of dentistry: Airway, Breath, and Cosmetics. With a mission to “do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons,” she likes to educate her patients so they can make informed decisions. She aims to provide relationship-focused dentistry that helps her patients achieve their dental goals.