Preventative Dental Care
Preventing and overcoming dental disease begins at home with good oral hygiene and a proper diet. Good home care is essential, but not enough. Your dentist and dental hygienist are needed to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention is our preferred approach to your oral health. Regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays are an essential component to maintaining good oral health. When stronger prevention plans are necessary we offer sealants and fluoride that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy and beautiful smile.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at your initial dental visit. Your initial exam will include the following:
- Examination by diagnostic x-rays (digital): Necessary for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, gums, throat, and all oral tissues are checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Periodontal disease evaluation (weakening of the gums and bone around the teeth).
- Examination for tooth decay or fractures: Every tooth surface will be checked for weaknesses caused by wear, trauma or the bacteria destroying the tooth.
- Examination of existing restorations: Existing fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, partials and dentures are checked to make sure they’re functioning properly.
PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANING
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth over time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with skilled care and special dental instrumentation.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums making them red and likely to bleed easily. Left untreated gum inflammation can progress to periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Removal of stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and flossing. At times polishing is postponed when periodontal disease is present as the prophylaxis polish may agitate unhealthy gum tissue.