Prevention is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile and helps avoid serious and costly dental problems.
Preventive Care includes, but may not be limited to the following:
Review of patient's health (medical) history: Review of a patient's history helps us stay informed of their overall health, any new medications, and any illnesses that may impact their dental health.
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays are essential for the detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Screenings include checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: An evaluation of the gums and bone around the teeth is performed to identify any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Existing restorations will be assessed for breakdown or defects.
Intra oral camera: A small camera lens is maneuvered in the mouth, allowing images of mouth and teeth to be projected onto a TV monitor, allowing us (and patients) to be better informed when making treatment decisions that are best.
Professional Dental Cleaning (dental prophylaxis): A dental prophylaxis appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
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.
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 (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
Teeth polishing: Polishing removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dental education: Patients are educated on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Counseling patients on plaque control and developing individualized at-home oral hygiene programs is also a key part of educating patients.