Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.
Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They allow us to detect problems early so they may be fixed quickly and easily.
Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.
At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits, called tartar or calculus, that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.
The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.
Only this office, especially Kristen & Dr. Hernon, could get a 2 year old to happily get a teeth cleaning!
- Wyatt c
Overall great experience. Had all my questions answered and explained thoroughly.
- Madison T
This place is the best!
- Chelsea R.
Great doctor and staff. Helpful and informative.
- Ken W
Have been going here for 40+ years and have never had a bad experience!
Dr. Hernon is a kind and knowledgeable dentist, and my dental hygienist utilizes the utmost care in cleaning my teeth. I feel safe and cared for here.
- Brandon A
Kristin was a great hygiene person.
- Frances A
I always look forward to my dental check ups. I have complete and total confidence in Dr. Hernon. My hygienist Kristen is the best, she is very professional, sweet and very gentle. The professionalism, expertise and personal approach of both Dr. Hernon and her staff make for a pleasant experience. I’ve been referring her office to friends and will continue to do so!”
- Maria K
It took me a year to decide on a new dental office, and I made the right choice! The staff was so friendly and easy to work with. My first appointment was very thorough, and I feel as though I will stay with Dr. Hernon's office for years to come.
- Amy M
Kristen is the best! She does a thorough cleaning, answers my questions, makes suggestions for any improvement needed, is SO positive and acknowledging of the my home care efforts. And, she has a delightful personality. Thank you, Kristen!!
- Judith M
I like the dental office. I drive from Sammamish but it is worth the drive
- Pat S
I have been going to this facility for over ten years, and the care is second to none. All staff do and exceptional job from hygienists to receptionists. Sara scheduled me a few weeks early to help me prepare for my daughter's wedding. Judy did a great job and I could tell she knew how important is was to me. Dr. Hernon is very courteous and professional. Thanks to all!
- Brad S
Love coming to this office.
- Paula S
We have been coming to your office for years, first with Dr. Homitz, now with Dr Hernon. Without exception, you have been superb, from the front desk staff to the hygienists to the dentist. Wait time is rarely more than a few minutes. All staff are friendly, professional, and welcoming. The office is clean. At this last visit, I was the last patient of the day. Staff friendliness and freshness welcomed me and bid me goodbye for another six months. I thank you for making my time pleasant and pain free. Everyone in the office deserves a raise!!
- jeff b
Helpful and knowledgeable!
- Dylan W
Always a pleasure
- Robert K
I am usually fearful of dentist, but I felt comfortable there.
- Delenee B
Brittany was so gentle with me I was able to relax.
- Aaron C