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Dental exams & cleanings in Menlo Park

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Yaley at your initial dental visit. Your regular check-up exams will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums will be examined for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth will be checked for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that is firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
  • Teeth polishing: Stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling is removed.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 325- 8030.


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