While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine.
We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by one of our dentists at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:
- Examination of Diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
Oral Cancer Screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum Disease Evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. This includes a detailed measurement of the gum height around all of your teeth.
Examination of Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing Restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progression, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great non-invasive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies.
The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay.
A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
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