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Susan Pearson, DDS
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Silver Spring, MD 20902
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
June 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Examination  

Oral ExaminationHaving a checkup at the dentist isn't just for kids. Dr. Susan Pearson, your dentist in Silver Spring, MD, sees patients of all ages, and encourages her adult patients to maintain good dental hygiene by scheduling dental exams twice a year. If it's been awhile since you've had a dental checkup, allow us to walk you through the process so you know what to expect.

Cleaning

Our trained dental hygienists will start by scaling your teeth, a process in which they use hand-held tools to remove any tartar that has built up. Tartar is hardened plaque and cannot be removed by brushing or flossing at home. It can lead to decay and gum disease if it is not periodically removed at your Silver Spring dentist's office. Your hygienist will also make notations in your chart for Dr. Pearson to assess later.

X-rays

Once a year, your Silver Spring dentist will recommend having X-rays taken. This is done to check for any cavities that may have developed between the teeth, as well as to monitor any bone loss if you have missing teeth or gum disease. Young adults will also benefit from X-rays as their wisdom teeth begin to emerge; their growth pattern can be evaluated by Dr. Pearson to see if removal is necessary.

Doctor evaluation

After your X-rays, your Silver Spring dentist will come in to talk with you and check your teeth and gums based on information gleaned from the X-rays and cleaning. If any problems have arisen, such as gingivitis or cavities, Dr. Pearson will work with you to determine a treatment plan. Most people will also schedule another cleaning for six months later.

To update your charts and refresh your smile at your Silver Spring dentist's office, contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Susan Pearson today!



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