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Professional Cleanings, Exams, and X-rays

Patient receiving an oral exam from their Tigard DentistKeeping your teeth in tip-top shape is easy when you join forces with us here at Lisa Gitelson, DMD and David Wilson, DMD! We are passionate about your smile and want to help you keep it looking great for as long as possible. Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are the keys to keeping your teeth healthy and happy, but not everyone realizes that there is a third component to keeping your teeth healthy – visiting us for regular cleanings and examinations. During this appointment we can clean up spots you may have missed and check on the overall health of your mouth to make sure that nothing sneaks up on you.

How Often You Should Come In


We recommend that you come in for a cleaning and examination at least once every six months. If you miss that timeframe by a month or two, it’s not a big deal, just come in as soon as you can. The reason we recommend the six-month visits is it allows a decent amount of time to pass between each visit. Changes happen fairly slowly in your mouth, so six months offers enough time for some changes to occur, but not so much time that we can’t catch them before they become real issues.

Professional Dental Cleanings


Brushing and flossing every day go a long way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums, but there are usually a few places in your mouth that are hard to get to with these tools. During professional dental cleaning, we use special tools like ultrasonic scalers to remove built up tartar and plaque that would otherwise be impossible for you to remove. We brush and floss your teeth thoroughly and finish the cleaning with a dental polish. Polishing your teeth helps to clear up coloration blemishes, and it makes your teeth smooth, which make it harder for bacteria to gain purchase.

Professional Dental Examinations


After we clean your teeth, it will be time for the examination. During the exam, we will check your teeth for signs of cavities, but it doesn’t end there. We are thorough while examining your mouth, here are some of the things that we check for during examinations:

•  Early signs of gum disease
•  Damage to teeth
•  Cysts and tumors
•  Signs of cancer and pre-cancer
•  Measure the gum pockets and track their changes


When we examine your mouth, our goal is early detection of oral maladies that afflict you. When we can find, diagnose, and treat issues early, we are often able to treat them successfully or prevent them altogether. A great example of early detection leading to prevention of oral issues is cavities that are caught early. If we catch a cavity early, we can alert you to the issue, and with vigilance you can reverse the effects of decay, preventing the cavity from forming.

Digital X-Rays


Picture of Dental X-Ray from a Tigard DentistDigital X-rays allow us to view the areas between your teeth and even inside of your teeth so that we can have a more thorough picture of what is going on inside of your mouth. Because digital X-rays expose patients to only one-fifth of the radiation that a traditional X-ray does, it provides a safer and more healthy alternative that we are happy to offer.

Call us today at (503) 985-8945 to schedule your appointment.










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14300 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 985-8945
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