The basics of preventative dentistry includes regular examinations with x-rays and teeth cleanings. Yet, there is so much more to it!
Digital X-rays are the latest in dental x-ray technology. There is no film, no chemicals, and the x-rays are seen immediately by both the doctor and the patient. The x-rays are stored on the computer and can be emailed anywhere when completed. Now patients can have a copy sent to their email address by the time they leave the office. The radiation is between 80 and 90% less than the outdated method used previously.
On visual examination, the dentist can only see about 50% of the tooth. What about the rest of the story?
Each new patient should have a full mouth series of x-rays to be used as a dental starting point. Then each year a short series of “check up” x-rays should be taken. Each patient is an individual, so there may be variations on this rule of thumb.
Every new patient receives a comprehensive examination. This includes many areas of evaluation:
A healthy person should get their teeth cleaned every six months. This includes the use of hand instruments to remove any hardened calculus, also know as tartar, which is a hardened version of plaque. After the teeth are smoothed, they are polished to smooth the surfaces below the gum line as well as the removal of any stain buildup on the teeth.
We have a number of different flavored polishing pastes, including chocolate, coffee, pina colada, tropical fruit, and bubblegum, as well as the old standby, mint. Ask for a menu when you sit down!