What Happens During a Dental Checkup?
When you visit our dental office for your dental checkup, we will examine your mouth to determine the state of your oral health. Dental X-rays will help us identify and diagnose any oral health concerns. The images will help us detect tooth decay, bone loss, cysts, or any other potential problems.
We will conduct a periodontal exam which will include measuring the depth of pockets, which are an indicator of gum disease. We will check for any root exposure or inflamed gum tissue to identify any developing gingivitis or periodontal disease early on.
We will examine every one of your teeth to look for signs of decay, cracks, or chips. We will also look for overcrowding which may need correction to avoid damage to your teeth. We will consider any cosmetic or restorative dental services you may need including teeth whitening, correcting misaligned or crooked teeth, or restoring missing teeth.
Our checkup will include a bite analysis to examine your bite (occlusion). A bad bite may cause tooth wear, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and more. We will also perform an oral cancer screening to ensure that all your mouth tissue is healthy. Early detection and treatment are crucial to good outcomes.
What Happens During the Cleaning?
Your routine dental checkup will include a professional cleaning, also called dental prophylaxis. That can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease from settling in your mouth. Our dental hygienist will start by removing hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth using hand tools and pressurized water. We will then polish and buff your teeth using an electric polisher that works to remove any traces of plaque left behind.
Our dentist will talk to you and discuss your brushing and flossing habits, along with recommending ways to enhance your oral health. We will outline any problems we detect and will explain any treatments needed.
Preventive Dental Care Procedures
There are many different preventive treatments available to you and your family to help avoid future dental problems. When you visit us, we will discuss your specific needs based on the condition of your mouth.
Dental sealants are thin composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth to prevent tooth decay. Children usually receive this preventive treatment, but adults can also benefit from dental sealants. Children also benefit significantly from fluoride treatments which work to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.
Night guards are custom-made mouthguards that work to protect your teeth if you suffer from nighttime teeth grinding or bruxism. Sports guards are similar custom-made devices that athletes use to protect their teeth from blows to the face.
Patient education is a primary component of prevention. Information is power. Understanding the importance of oral hygiene practices will help ensure a lifetime of dental health.
Preventive Care at Home
Maintain your optimal oral health by regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. You also need to consume a healthy, balanced diet including vitamins and minerals to provide your teeth with the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Limit your intake of sugar and carbonated drinks and make sure to drink plenty of water. Caring for your teeth is an essential component of preventive dental care.
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Visit Dr. Salvatore Storniolo, DDS and his highly experienced team to learn more about preventive dental care and how it can help you maintain your optimal oral health. We are all about keeping your healthy smile on your face for years to come!