Discussing the Importance of a Dental Cleaning and Exam

The American Dental Association recommends that each member of your family from the youngest to the eldest have at least two dental cleanings and examinations every year. You may ask yourself: if my teeth look good and I’m not having any problems, why do I need to see my dentist in Lakeview so often? The simple answer is that these regularly scheduled appointments allow Dr. Canatella and Dr. Neumeyer to closely monitor your oral health in order to spot problems before they can escalate and then require more invasive and probably more expensive treatment. Read on to find out what exactly occurs during a dental cleaning and exam.


We are currently running a promotion for a dental exam, digital x-rays and teeth cleaning for $97.00! A dental cleaning is also known as prophylaxis, which includes the removal of food particles and debris, as well as dental plaque, tartar and extrinsic stains from the surfaces of your teeth. During your dental cleaning, one of our skilled dental hygienists will use a rotating brush to clean and polish your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Then, if there are spots on your teeth where tartar (hardened plaque) has built up, this is removed during a procedure called scaling. This is also the time when we’ll give you tips and advice on how you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home.


Depending on your susceptibility to tooth decay, we’ll take digital x-rays once or twice a year. For most of our patients, annual x-rays are sufficient. Digital x-rays give your Harahan dentist a clear image of each tooth and use far less radiation than traditional film x-rays. With these images, we can detect tooth decay and cavities in the early stage.

During the exam portion of your appointment, we’ll also assess the health of your gums. If we find evidence of periodontal disease—gingivitis or periodontitis—then we’ll recommend a course of periodontal therapy that is appropriate to reverse the negative affects of the disease and stop the advance of this bacterial infection.

Finally, each dental exam in New Orleans includes an oral cancer screening. Every year, more than 49,000 American are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer and the disease claims approximately 9,500 lives annually. With a screening, we can spot tissue abnormalities before symptoms of oral cancer develop. A screening with your dentist in Lakeview New Orleans can save your life or the life of someone you love.

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If you need to schedule a dental prophylaxis and exam, then contact Canatella Dental in New Orleans, LA. And don’t forget—you can have an exam, x-rays and cleaning for $97.00! We serve patients from Harahan, Lakeview and beyond.