Apart from brushing and flossing, twice-yearly dental visits are an essential part of your oral care regimen. It is during your dental consultations that we can provide you with effective preventive care to help you avoid oral health problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease and cavities.
What is included in a dental checkup?
During your dental checkup, we perform a careful examination which will help us evaluate the overall condition of your mouth. Checkups also give us the chance to review your medical history and obtain an understanding of how your oral health conditions could affect your general health. We also may conduct other tests and examinations including X-rays when necessary to analyze any problems with your teeth that may not be visible to the naked eye. We make use of digital X-rays that emit much less radiation and are hence, safer than traditional X-rays.
Professional Dental Cleaning
To ensure optimum oral health for all our patients, we recommend that they have a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. Professional cleanings performed in a dental office are important because this is how we can successfully remove the tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, especially from the areas where your brush and floss cannot reach. The prolonged buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth can increase your chances of cavities and gum disease. Cleanings help you get rid of this buildup and also can prevent bad breath, giving your mouth a fresh, clean feel.
Oral Cancer Screening
A screening for oral cancer invоlvеѕ looking at the mouth, lips, tongue, throat and surrounding tissues for any abnormalities. During routine dental сhесk-uрѕ, we will ѕtаrt bу ѕеаrсhing fоr lеѕiоnѕ in thе оrаl саvitу аnd оrорhаrуnx. Abnormal whitе patches of cells (lеukорlаkiа) аnd аbnоrmаl rеd раtсhеѕ of cells (еrуthrорlаkiа) thаt fоrm оn thе muсоuѕ membranes mау bесоmе саnсеrоuѕ; so if we find thеѕе lesions, the tissues will nееd tо bе tеѕtеd.
We may administer topical fluoride treatment during your dental checkup. This professional strength fluoride varnish will help strengthen your teeth and can also help reverse early signs of decay.
If it’s time for your regular dental checkup, contact our office today at (919) 355-5331.