In order to maintain good oral health, it is essential that you receive regular professional care. We recommend that patients visit us at least twice a year for cleaning and polishing. During preventive care appointments, our dental team also performs X-rays to detect the presence of tooth decay. Early detection and treatment of decay can prevent the development of serious problems that require extensive treatment later on.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and feel that you may be in need of a checkup, please contact us today to find out how we can help you along the path to a healthy smile.
X-rays are an important part of your dental care. They allow the dentist to see what isn’t visible with the naked eye. They can be used for both diagnostic and preventive purposes.
We are proud to use Digital Radiography, which uses digital sensors rather than traditional X-ray film. Digital X-rays have several advantages. They are faster, offer clearer image quality with lower radiation and are better for the environment.
The images we take will be instantly stored and ready to view, allowing the dentist to show you exactly what’s going on in your mouth.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is an essential element of your complete checkup. The goal of this screening is to catch oral cancer early when there is a greater chance for a cure.
Your screening will include a visual and physical exam of your face, lips, tongue, gums, throat and oral tissues. The dentist will look for any bumps, swellings, unusual patches of color, ulcerations or any other abnormalities.
Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in plaque built up around your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene including regular brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups help remove plaque and keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Another essential element of good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent cavities and can even repair teeth in the very early stages of decay.
Fluoride can be found in certain foods and in most city water sources, as well as in topical sources like toothpastes and mouthwashes you can purchase in the drug store. In addition to these sources, we recommend in-office, professional, topical fluoride treatments, especially for children and patients who may be at a higher risk of developing cavities. The fluoride we use in our office is stronger than what you can purchase over-the-counter. The application is fast and painless. It will be in the form of a gel, foam or varnish, either painted onto your teeth or placed in a tray. We do recommend you wait at least 30 minutes after the treatment to eat or drink, allowing the fluoride time to absorb.
We’ll conduct a thorough checkup of your oral health to make sure you’re healthy and so we can catch any potential issues before they become severe. Your hygienist will also thoroughly clean and polish your teeth so your smile will be healthy and beautiful.
If we detect a small cavity or condition, we’ll suggest a treatment option to fix the problem so you won’t have to worry about a more invasive procedure in the future.
We’ll also clean every area of your teeth so you won’t have any leftover plaque buildup and can start fresh for the next six months. This helps to prevent cavities from forming, as hardened plaque can be difficult to remove without professional tools.