Dental Exams & Cleanings

Your initial visit to our offices will include a comprehensive exam as well as several steps to ensure you receive the proper oral health care. Both the dentist and the dental hygienist will conduct the following:

  • Diagnostic x-rays of the teeth and jaw. A thorough review for detection of bone loss, tooth decay, tumors or cysts, as well as evidencing how your tooth root positions are in relation to your jawbone.
  • Gum disease review and evaluation. Check for periodontal disease around your teeth and gums.
  • Inspect upper and lower teeth for decay and broken fillings. A thorough exam of your teeth searching for possible problems with fillings, chipped or broken teeth requiring restoration.
  • Oral cancer screening. We’ll make sure to examine your throat, palette, inner cheeks, tongue, teeth and gums, as well as your lips, neck and face to rule out any oral cancer symptoms.
  • Review of existing partial bridges, crowns, implants and fillings. Review for possible restoration needs of any current fillings, removable or permanent bridges, other dental appliances or crowns.

Professional Dental Cleaning

A Registered Dental Hygienist will perform a professional prophylaxis (dental cleaning). We recommend that you receive another oral care exam in addition to prophylaxis to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Your semi-annual cleaning and exam appointments include:

  • Review of your general oral hygiene: Condition of existing dental appliances, teeth, fillings and a general review of your soft tissues.
  • Removal of plaque: A film that attaches itself to your teeth that consists of living bacteria, remaining food particles that were missed in brushing and your own saliva. Prolonged lack of good oral hygiene will not only attack your healthy teeth and gums, cause halitosis (bad breath), and could lead to periodontal disease. The sticky substance that clings to your teeth are really toxins that are doing everything they can to damage your teeth and gum.
  • Removal of calculus: Calculus (commonly known as tartar) forms around your teeth both above and below the gum line. Calculus is plaque that has been allowed to harden due to poor oral hygiene. It doesn’t take long for this process to occur, and can damage your gums and tooth root. Our dental hygienist has special tools and is highly trained to remove all traces of calculus, ensuring a healthy smile.
  • Polishing your teeth: Any minor plaque and stains still remaining after the removal process are eliminated through a polishing process. Our dental hygienist will utilize a polishing agent to polish both the front and back of each tooth.


Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136



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