Dental Exam by Comfortable Care SmilesAs you know the recommendation from most dental professionals is to see your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. This frequency bodes well for most people but can be more if you have dental problems such as gum disease, a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or cavities, or a weakened immune system. Stress, illness, or the intake of certain medications are also reasons that you may want to schedule a dental appointment as we can help to prevent dental issues that you may be unaware of. Regardless of whether you take great care of your mouth, teeth, and gums, routine dental appointments are still a good idea to maintain good oral health.
Three Reasons to Visit Your Dentist Bi-Annually
So that your dentist can check for problems that you might not see or feel.
To allow your dentist to find early signs of decay (decay doesn’t become visible or cause pain until it reaches more advanced stages).
To treat any other oral health problems found (generally, the earlier a problem is found, the more manageable it is).
The Typical Dental Exam
Professional Examination– Typically both your dentist and an oral hygienist will inspect your teeth upon your visit. The hygienist will conduct an oral examination of your teeth, gums and document any changes from a previous visit. The hygienist will clean and polish your teeth, discuss tooth and gum care, and answer any questions you may have about your oral health. Next the dentist will conduct an oral exam, checking for signs of oral cancer or other disease, review the work done by the hygienist, and make treatment recommendations.
Teeth Cleaning– A professional teeth cleaning is required beyond good at-home habits because regular brushing and flossing can’t remove all the plaque that builds up on your teeth. Hygienists use a series of hand instruments to clean your teeth, mouth and gums.
Teeth Polishing– Once your teeth have been cleaned, they are polished to remove plaque and stains on the tooth surface. Polish contains an abrasive substance and fluoride, and is applied using a small rotating rubber cup or brush attached to a dental hand piece.
Prevention– Your dentist and hygienist may recommend additional instructions for you to follow on your own at home. These recommendations will be based upon the results of the dental exam.
X-Rays– X-rays are not always part of every check-up, but new patients or patients who have oral health issues may have them taken to see potential problems not visible to the eye.
Treatment Recommendations– If you have any oral health problems that are witnessed in your check-up, Dr. Kostrzewski will recommend additional treatments to prevent them from worsening and correct them.
If you have any questions about the dental examination or would like to schedule a consultation with our office, please contact us today. Contact Comfortable Care Smiles Today 203-951-3153