The biggest benefit of regular dental exams is to catch small problems before they get bigger. Regular dental exams will not only help save your teeth but also reduce future pain and dental costs. Dental exams not only covers teeth but also include your gums, cancer screening and cracks or tooth wear. If you have a history of gum disease or fillings, tend to snack, smoke, under stress or change in health then it is highly advisable to see the dentist at least once a year.
It is recommended that a child sees a dentist 6 months after the first tooth erupts (between the age of 1 and 2 years).
X-rays show layers of teeth that are not visible to the dentist. Xrays show early signs of bone changes, cavities and even large tartar deposits under the gum. Modern digital X-rays are safe and have low radiation. It is recommended that X-rays be taken once a year and only as needed. If you have other concerns, you can discuss them with your dentist.
The major advantage of polishing teeth is for removing stains. Polishing is best done selectively to target areas with staining only. Polishing is not always needed, especially if you are a non-smoker and if you avoid foods and drinks that cause staining, like tea, coffee and wine.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to prevent cavities for life when given to children. Fluoride is also highly recommended for seniors to prevent root cavities near the gums. Fluoride also helps reduce sensitivity after cleaning. Fluoride is not necessary for adults with a low risk of cavities.
We can help you by offering guided relaxation techniques, nitrous gas or oral sedation pills. We can better assess your situation during the exam on what type of sedation is needed. If you have a phobia, we can start with an email, phone call or virtual meeting to discuss your needs first.
At our office, we have a unique electrical lift that can tilt a wheelchair patient back while they sit in their wheelchair. Please call us for more information.