Providing Comfortable, Thorough Examinations
On your first visit to our office, we will take a full health history. On subsequent visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell us. Regular checkups (every six months) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing.
Here is what’s included in a regular checkup:
Checkups almost always include a complete cleaning, either from the dentist or a dental hygienist. Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gum line, removing built up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your dentist or hygienist may also polish and floss your teeth.
The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. Our goal is to help maintain your good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious, by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.
Depending on your age, risks of disease and symptoms, we may recommend X-rays. Digital X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth. A modern dental office like our’s uses machines that emit virtually no radiation - no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. As a precaution, you should always wear a lead apron when having an X-ray. And, if you are pregnant, inform us, as X-rays should only be taken in emergency situations. Our digital X-rays are safe, higher quality than film X-rays, we can store them easier, and we will be able to better analyze the X-ray with more details to see.
How Long Should I Go Between Visits?
If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won’t need to return for six months. If further treatment is required - say to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown - you should make an appointment before leaving the office. And don’t forget to ask any questions you may have - this is your chance to get the answers you need. Plus, we love to answer your questions and help you have the healthiest teeth possible.