What To Expect From Your Dental Checkup

Along with your daily dental health routine, regular checkups at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI are essential to maintaining good dental health and the peace of mind that comes with it.

For most patients, we recommend a checkup every six months. Sometimes we need to see a patient more often and sometimes less often. But twice a year is the norm.

Checkups are divided into two parts: the cleaning and the examination.


A Professional cleaning of your teeth is done by a hygienist and usually comes before the exam.

  • Teeth and gums are inspected
  • Built-up plaque and tartar are removed
  • Your teeth are polished

Plaque is a filmy, sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove it with daily brushing and flossing, but there may be hard-to-reach areas where some has remained. When it isn’t removed, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. It can only be removed with special tools, in a process called scaling.


A dental examination is performed by the dentist. It involves your teeth and gums, as well as an inspection of the tongue, throat, face, head, and neck.

  • Teeth are inspected for cavities
  • Gums are inspected for any sign of gum disease
  • Tongue, throat, and head area are inspected for any signs of cancer

Any issues are usually addressed in a follow-up appointment.

Between checkups, it’s important to brush and floss every single day. Plaque is constantly forming on teeth, but if you remove it every day it shouldn’t cause you any problems.

At Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI we offer cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for Invisalign® orthodontics. Please call to schedule a cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


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769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan