Dental Cleaning and exam for your entire family

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

Cosmetic, Restorative, General and Implant Dentistry located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Let us be your family dentist! It is important for your entire family to see your dentist at least twice a year. Dental exams can reveal other health issues that you may be developing, from oral cancer to gum disease. Early treatment is key. Our doctors in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida are ready to be your partners in maintaining your family's dental health. Call our office for your next dental exam and professional dental cleaning.

Dental Cleaning and Exams Q & A



What happens at the dental exam?

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

Our doctors provide a thorough exam and make a dental plan for you depending on your specific dental health. We will 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, our doctors use the latest technology, the DIAGNOdent laser. It’s quick, accurate, and painless. We hold the laser over teeth that we suspect have decayed and read a number on an attached computer screen which tells the doctors whether decay is present.

Next, our doctors will ask you to open and close your mouth to ensure your bite and jaw are in proper alignment. They may also ask about your last X-ray.

Your dentist will use your current dental x-rays to diagnose any problems between your teeth or below your gum line. The x-rays also 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.

Our doctors also perform a thorough exam for oral cancer. We 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 we see signs of tobacco or significant decay, we will discuss lifestyle and diet choices that affect your oral health.

How does the dental hygienist get my teeth so clean?

Keeping a regular preventative maintenance schedule with your hygienist will help you prevent not only tooth decay and periodontal disease but also avoid costly procedures and extra time in the hygiene chair. 

Your hygienist thoroughly cleans each tooth and the areas between your teeth and around your gums. She may use an ultrasonic scaler which 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. 

Next, the hygienist polishes your teeth using a paste and flosses between each one. Our hygienist will apply flouride treatment at the end of the appointment. Finally, the hygienist 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 to your family dentist 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. Our doctors prefer you 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.