Prevention and early detection are the key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing at home on a daily basis, in addition to regular cleanings and dental check-ups, may help prevent many expensive dental treatments. Prevention starts with controlling plaque, a colorless bacteria that sticks to the surface of your teeth, and calculus, a harder mineral deposit. These are the main sources of decay and periodontal disease. Our hygienists are available to assist you with your hygiene and management of your gums.
Regular dental cleanings are a crucial part of maintaining your oral health and important in your overall health. By removing plaque and tartar, your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease are reduced. Our Dental Hygienist will gently remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and give you strategies to keep your teeth clean. The cleaning is finished with polishing, removing stains and leaving your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
No matter how diligent you are in your home dental care regimen, you should still get a dental exam and cleaning at least twice per year. The importance of regular dental exams cannot be overemphasized – dental exams are the cornerstone of good dental health. In particular, regular checkups are essential for early detection of more serious problems. Early detection makes treatment easier, less expensive and more successful and effective. In your dental exam, Dr. Bronner or Dr. Chasky will perform the following routine checks:
- Examine and assess gum health; check for gum disease
- Diagnose any existing tooth decay
- Screen for the presence of oral cancer
- When indicated, take and analyze x-rays, which may reveal decay, bone loss, abscesses, tumors, cysts, and other problems
- Verify the stability of any existing fillings or other restorations
- Inform you of all findings and make treatment recommendations