Check up

Dental Check Up

It is important for your overall health to have a dental check up every six months to be sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Research has found that bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are linked to health problems such as heart attack and dementia and may also affect your overall health.

Dental Check Ups at least Twice a Year

A dental cleaning every six months will help them keep their gums healthy, their breath fresh, and their teeth white and clean. Some people require more frequent check ups depending on their dental health. Our hygienists who perform the dental cleanings are very kind and gentle, ensuring that you are well taken care of each time you visit. Their goal is to make sure your cleaning appointments are on time, effective, and enjoyable.

At our office, our dentists help you in a peaceful environment and customize your dental cleaning experience. Our dentists provide you with a thorough oral health exam of your teeth and gums. Routine dental checkups are vital to maintain good oral hygiene and are the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment of dental problems can prevent more serious dental work and treatment, and saves unnecessary discomfort, time, and money.

Oral health requirements change as a patient ages or due to the condition of your teeth and gums. A dental checkup that is more or less frequent than twice a year may be recommended.

Dental checkups include:

  • Visual exam of your mouth, face, jaw, and neck. The dentist will use an intraoral camera with sophisticated magnification and lighting to see all surface areas inside your mouth. You will be able to watch the real-time, tooth-by-tooth video exam on your chair-side monitor. The dentist will check for cracked or decayed teeth, growths, sores on the roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums, and the mucous membranes that line your cheeks and gums. This exam includes an oral cancer screening. The dentist will also check the lymph nodes of your head, jaw, and neck for pain, tenderness, and flexibility.

  • Digital diagnostics is the use of digital x-rays that can detect dental problems that cannot be found during a visual exam. Digital x-rays provide instant results and emit 90% less radiation. 3-D Imaging is three-dimensional imaging technology shows the precise shape and position of each tooth. The dentist will determine whether the use of this technology is appropriate to aid the development of a dental treatment.

  • Gingival pocket exam determines the presence or risk of gum disease.  The tooth sits inside a gingival pocket of gum tissue. If the depth of a gingival pocket increases, so does the risk of tooth damage and infection which leads to gum disease. During your exam, a hand-held instrument is gently placed between gums and teeth (sulcus) to measure the depth of each pocket. In its earliest stage, gum disease may be reversible. Since it rarely has symptoms of pain, it is possible to have gum disease and not know it.

  • Professional cleaning of your teeth includes tooth polishing which smoothes the surface of teeth and makes teeth look and feel great. Tooth cleaning also helps prevent plaque build up.

  • Electronic dental records of our patients' dental checkups, diagnostics, and treatments are safely kept electronically. Dentists and specialists have immediate, comprehensive access to a patients dental and medical histories including results of previous and current exams, diagnostics, treatment plans, and progress reports. Electronic dental records improve patient safety and create clinical efficiencies that help reduce patient waiting time before and during appointments.

Call our office or use the contact link at the top of this page to schedule your next dental check up!  You'll be glad you did.