CLEANING & PREVENTION - Exams, X-rays, & Home Care
Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist in order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be recommended, where you will come in for regular check-ups to include:
Cleaning and polishing
Your dentist will always recommend cleaning on a fairly regular basis. The cleaning will consist of removal of tartar, which has hardened on the teeth over time, along with the sticky plaque that has formed over the teeth. Plaque is a formation of bacteria and build up that will eventually cause inflammation. The instruments and techniques we use will safely remove this build up. Followed up by polishing that removes stains and enhances the cleaning.
Gum evaluation and treatment
Your gums and the bone supporting your teeth will be checked for disease. Using proper techniques when brushing and flossing can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle.
- Use a circular motion with a soft bristle brush.
- Clean all sides of your teeth, and brush your gums and tongue.
- Place floss between two teeth and gently pull toward the gum line.
- Clean the sides of each tooth with an up and down sliding motion.
- Floss between your gums and the back side of your last tooth.
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer screening is so important because if discovered in the early stage, the disease is curable. We examine the patient’s lips, gums, tongue, and throat by using the most advanced method of detecting areas of potential oral cancer. This involves using biofluorescence technology present in the Bios/Screen oral exam light.
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A full set of SAFE x-rays are performed and are crucial for giving the dentist information such as the state of bone loss (if any), development deviations, abscesses, teeth coming in at the wrong position, tumors and other issues hiding within the teeth and gums. Early detection is important in treating many oral health issues.
Investigation of existing work
Checking current crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. are done to check for any damage or need for replacement. We offer 2nd opinion options for any new patient from the Norwood area.