Dental Cleaning and Exams in Fort Lauderdale

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Excellence in Dentistry

Cosmetic and General Dentistry serving Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale by the Sea

If you brush and floss regularly, you may not know why it’s so important to see your dentist at least twice a year. Dental cleanings and exams can reveal other health issues that you may be developing, such as oral cancer and gum disease. Early treatment is key. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, providing Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are ready to be your partner in maintaining your dental health. Call the office to book an appointment for your next dental exam.

Dental Cleaning and Exams Q & A



What happens at a dental exam?

Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle ensure that you complete a health survey, asking you to check any conditions that you have or have had in the past. Our doctors examine your health history and all medications that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Our doctors provide a thorough exam and create a custom dental plan for you depending on your specific dental health. They determine how effective your teeth cleaning has been, look for any decay in your teeth and their roots, and check for gum or bone disease.

When checking your teeth for cavities, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle use the latest technology, the DIAGNOdent™ laser. It’s quick, accurate, and painless. Our doctors hold the laser over teeth that they suspect have decayed and reads a number on an attached computer screen which tells her whether decay is present.

Next, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle ask you to open and close your mouth to ensure your bite and jaw are in proper alignment. They also ask about your last X-rays.

You should have a full mouth series X-rays of your teeth every three years, in addition to yearly bitewing X-rays. Since X-rays are now digital, there's no need to worry about radiation. The X-rays show how your upper and lower teeth fit together and provide a 3-D picture to show all of each tooth and the adjacent areas.

Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle also perform a thorough exam for oral cancer. They check your jaw, your lips, inside your mouth, your tongue, and each side of your neck to make sure there are no lumps and bumps that could be dangerous.

If our doctors see signs of tobacco or significant decay, they will discuss lifestyle and diet choices that affect your oral health.

How does the dental hygienist get my teeth so clean?

Our dental hygienists use the latest technology to clean your teeth, ensuring a sparkling smile.

With an ultrasonic scaler, your hygienist thoroughly cleans each tooth and the areas between your teeth and around your gums. The ultrasonic scaler uses high-frequency pressure to remove stubborn plaque, and hard matter called calculus, which forms when plaque hardens.

Only the hygienist can remove calculus, which is why it’s so important to schedule regular cleanings. When needed, your hygienist also scrapes the plaque and bacteria buildup around your teeth and gums with a hand scaler. Your hygienist may apply a fluoride treatment at the end of your appointment if decay is an issue.

Next, the hygienist polishes your teeth using a paste and flosses between each one. Finally, she consults with you about the best way to brush, floss, and take care of your teeth. 

How often should I see the dentist?

Regular visits help prevent serious dental problems such as gum disease, which can lead to other health issues. 

Dental professionals recommend that you schedule visits every six months for an exam and teeth cleaning. Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle prefer you to schedule your next appointment at the end of your current visit so that it’s already on your schedule and becomes an automatic part of your health maintenance plan. 

Why is good dental health so important?

Dental health doesn’t just affect your teeth; it affects your entire body. Many people don’t realize that poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health complications:

  • Heart disease: Bacteria from poor oral health can move into the bloodstream and cause hardening of the arteries, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension. 
  • Respiratory ailments: Bacteria in the mouth can travel to the respiratory system, causing infections such as bronchitis. 
  • Blood sugar problems:  Gum disease can lead to high blood sugar levels, making diabetes more problematic
  • Pregnancy complications: Gum disease can lead to premature birth. 

Call the office to schedule an appointment.