Dental Hygiene and Exams

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Dental Hygiene and Exams

Dr. Mary Ellen Wynn showing a patient her x-rays

Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and X-rays are vital to maintaining an attractive and healthy smile. Coming in for a checkup at least twice a year allows Dr. Wynn and her team to keep your teeth healthy while evaluating your risk for any oral illnesses. At the end of your examination, Dr. Wynn will be able to answer any questions and provide you with a personalized treatment and hygiene plan.


What should I expect during my checkup?

Your checkup will begin with a comprehensive cleaning by one of our skilled hygienists. They will remove any built-up plaque and tartar, take X-rays, and floss your teeth. While your hygienist is working, they will check for signs of any underlying problems.


After your cleaning, Dr. Wynn will begin a visual examination. She will examine your mouth, face, jaw, and neck.


This examination will include:

  • Periodontal exam
  • Intra-oral photo tour of the mouth
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Head and neck exam
  • Early cavity detection
  • Orthodontic evaluation
  • TMJ exam
  • Fluoride treatment (if needed)


During your visit, Dr. Wynn will look for cracked or decayed teeth as well as any growths or sores in and around your mouth. She will also examine the lymph nodes in your head, neck, and jaw for any tenderness or pain.


Dr. Wynn and the rest of her team will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health and treatment plan.


How often should I schedule a checkup?

A healthy mouth is very important in day-to-day life. Beyond aesthetics, healthy teeth and gums make it possible to eat and speak normally. Ignoring your dental health can lead to serious and costly complications.


Regular examinations play an important part in maintaining your oral health, preventing decay and disease, and treating any existing conditions as early as possible. In addition to proper daily hygiene, Dr. Wynn recommends that all patients visit us at least once every six months. She may recommend more frequent visits if needed.


Can dental sealants help me?

Dental sealants are a great way to prevent cavities from developing. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the surface of the molars. These coatings prevent food and bacteria from getting down into the pits and grooves of the teeth. These sealants can help smoothen your teeth while preventing cavities and decay. 


Do you offer fluoride treatments?

Yes! Fluoride treatments can help strengthen your teeth while protecting them from decay. These treatments are available during your regular cleaning and examination. Fluoride treatments are not dangerous or painful and can provide long-lasting protection.


Do you check for oral cancer?

Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with some type of oral cancer. At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, we believe it is important to catch and treat these illnesses early before they have time to spread or worsen. Our team always checks for signs of oral cancer during examinations. Dr. Wynn and her team will alert you to any concerning growths or changes.


Regular checkups and daily preventative care will help stop problems before they develop. If you have any questions about cleanings and exams, contact our office. Our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation!

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