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DENTAL EXAMS and CLEANINGS

Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important. Most of us today enjoy excellent oral health and are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives; however, cavities remain the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood. Some 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health. If you are experiencing dental pain, don't put off seeing a dentist. With dentistry's many advances, diagnosis and treatment are more sophisticated and comfortable than ever.

When you come in for your Initial Visit, a comprehensive dental exam will be performed by completing the following:

Examination of diagnostic x-rays: Needed for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions for procedures such as implants.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. This is a must for prevention.

Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay.

Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. for chipping, cracking and other possible damage that will need repaired either immediately or in the foreseeable future.
Your Dental Cleaning will be performed by a Licensed Dental Hygienist & will consist of:

Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. Waiting to clean your teeth for more than six months can cause a buildup of tartar and be more difficult to remove.

Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins or poisons that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease and should be addressed immediately.

Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. If you feel your teeth are not as white & bright as you would like them to be, please ask us about our teeth whitening products.

 


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