Dental Cleanings and Exams

Why are they important?

Having regular dental cleanings and exams will help keep your mouth healthy. Biannual dental cleanings and exams can also detect small problems before they become painful and expensive.

Dental Exam

Most insurance plans cover dental cleanings and exams at 100%.

Your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam at your initial dental visit.


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Regular exams will include the following:

Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, and can also help determine tooth and root positions.

Oral cancer screening:

Oral cancer screenings check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation:

This evaluations includes a check of the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.


Examination of tooth decay:

The dentist checks all tooth surfaces for decay with special dental instruments.

Examination of existing restorations:

This ensures that existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, etc. are still up to par.


Why are dental cleaning important?

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Professional Dental Cleaning

Registered Dental Hygienists perform professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis). Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

Removal of calculus (tartar)

Calculus is hardened plaque that builds up and attaches 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 that inflame the gums. This inflammation is especially relevant because it is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing

Polishing removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.


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Lincoln Family Dentistry is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.

Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.


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