Preventive Dental Care

Regular Dental Exams Are Important

Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.  During the dental exam we will clean your teeth and identify gum inflammation or bone loss.  We will then evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities.  A dental exam might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures.

During a dental exam, our hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.  Other topics for discussion during a dental exam might include:

  • Any medications you're taking
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Consequences of tooth loss
  • Benefits of crowns, fixed bridges or dental implants
  • Use of dentures
  • Cosmetic procedures

A dental exam also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about oral health.

Regular dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being.  A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early — when they're most treatable.

Will You Need X-Rays?

Routine dental exams, cleaning and x-rays are all important for a beautiful and healthy smile.  A complete set of x-rays along with a comprehensive exam is the first step in welcoming you into our practice.

We use x-rays to find cavities between your teeth, calculus on the roots, worn out fillings, receding bone levels caused by periodontal disease and other conditions we can not find with a clinical exam alone. Without x-rays, we would not be able to detect these problems until they have become severe and damage has occurred.  Our patients receive oral cancer screening, periodontal disease screenings, and a comprehensive exam.

Sealants to prevent dental decay

Another preventive technique that might be suggested for your child is a dental sealant.  Sealants are a thin, plastic coating bonded to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. They have been shown to be highly effective in the prevention of cavities in permanent teeth.

Flouride Treatments

Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth repair themselves at the earliest stage of damage. If your cavity is just getting started, a fluoride treatment may be able to help restore your tooth's enamel. Professional fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than the amount found in over-the-counter toothpaste and mouth rinses.
Fluoride treatments may be in a liquid solution, gel, foam or varnish that's brushed onto your teeth or placed in a small tray that fits over your teeth. Each treatment takes a few minutes. Dr. Richardson may suggest having periodic fluoride treatments.

 

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