A healthy smile is a happy smile. Good oral hygiene and frequent visits to your dentist are the key to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
Through routine cleanings , early detection of cavities, and other preventative procedures, we are able to help you keep your smile in the best possible condition in an economical way.
Even when you brush and floss faithfully after every meal, tartar and plaque can build up on your teeth, particularly along gums, between teeth, and in other hard-to-reach places. This is why it is so important to schedule regular dental visits. During your appointment, our dental hygienist will carefully clean and polish your teeth, which will eliminate harmful bacteria that will cause periodontal disease. We will then examine every tooth, look for cavities, weak spots, and failing previous restorations, that require care. If we can catch these problem spots early, we can provide minor, instead of complex, restorations which will help prevent further damage.
As part of your essential examinations your dentist will also provide an oral cancer screening. This evaluation is repeated at each hygiene interval. We hope to supplement your yearly medical examination by taking a careful look at the soft tissue both inside and outside your mouth to ensure there are no “silent” problems of which you may be unaware. So many oral cancers, if detected early, can be treated succesfully.
Preventing and diagnosing diseases of the gum and bone are also extremely important. Limiting damage and correcting problems can help you avoid tooth loss and replacement. To decrease your risk for dental disease, we strongly encourage our patients to schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least once every six months. Of course each individual patient’s interval is always based on their need established by diagnosis of their periodontal and restorative status.
What are they used for? Dental radiographs help to safeguard your dental health by assisting us in detecting minor changes and conditions in your teeth and jaws early, before they can become major problems. Your x-rays can show us: bone loss to gum disease; impacted teeth trapped below the gum; infections at the root ends of teeth; indicate missing or extra permanent teeth, and; cysts or tumors in the jaw or sinuses. Early identification and treatment of any of these conditions can help to save you time, money, and future discomfort.
Are they safe? We are committed to ensuring that only necessary radiographs are taken. As well, radiation used in a dental office is very weak compared to every-day environmental sources. The average American gets more radiation sitting in front of the television than from routine dental radiographs.
What if I’m pregnant? We usually avoid taking radiographs during this time as an extra precaution, but if a radiograph is absolutely necessary, we incorporate techniques to protect your developing baby.
How many do I need? Following your initial exam, the need for additional radiographs will be determined by your dental condition.
Remember, when properly used, dental radiographs are one of your best allies in achieving and maintaining your dental health.
Important as regular visits with your dental hygienist are, they are no replacement for the daily maintenance needed by your smile. To help prevent plaque from building up, you should brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. Preventing plaque in turn prevents cavities and gum disease.
We know you want to keep your smile looking its best even between visits. We provide all our patients with the most up to date oral devices and techniques so they can do just that. Talk with a member of our staff to learn the best strategies you can use at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums.