During your examination, the dentist will look at your teeth and the surrounding tissues including your gums, tongue and cheeks to check for cavities, assess plaque levels and determine if gum disease is present. To ensure your teeth and supporting structures are healthy, our staff may take a complete set of oral X-rays during your initial visit. This allows us to diagnose cavities, identify any pre-existing bone loss and check for any abnormal lesions. While not mandatory, x-rays are highly recommended once a year and before certain dental procedures. As part of your exam, our dental team will explain any needed procedures and answer questions so that you have a clear understanding of any dental work that may need to be done.
After the examination is complete, our dental hygienist will perform a complete dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are encouraged to prevent or slow the process of gum disease, dental decay and bone loss.
While dental decay and bone loss are the top cause of tooth loss, it’s important to remember that proper oral hygiene must be kept up at home daily. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, drinking plenty of water and avoiding certain foods and drinks that may be harmful to your teeth. During your visit, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your personal oral hygiene and how to best care for your teeth.