Our office offers both adult and pediatric dental checkups and cleanings. These exams help to certify that patients are maintaining optimal dental hygiene habits and are undergoing biannual cleanings during the entire course of their lives. These exams are important because they can detect the presence of tooth decay or gum disease and begin necessary treatments right away. Initially, medical and dental history of the patient will be taken. This is performed to collect information which might reveal a pattern and to identify special case clients. For example, if it is determined that the patient is allergic to a material used during the treatments, that substance will have to be avoided. For Celiac and gluten intolerant patients, our office provides gluten-free dentistry options. Questions about treatment can also be asked during the exams. Next, the dentist will perform a physical evaluation of the teeth and gums to spot any indications of disease or decay. For adult patients, the dentist may also recommend oral cancer screenings. If changes or updates to dental hygiene are required, the dentist will inform patients and parents. If treatment is necessary, this will also begin.
The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults receive a dental exam and cleaning every 6 months or twice a year, it can depend on the patient’s dental history. If the adult or child is very prone to decay or there have been gum and bone concerns in the past many times these patients should be seen every 3 or 4 months to maintain optimal dental health. Also cleaning for adult pts – remove we may recommend an oral cancer screening & replace with will we perform and oral cancer screening.
Aside from regular brushing and flossing which we know is important, it is also very beneficial to the health of teeth to avoid sugary foods and beverages. Mouthguards should be worn during sports and other contact activities. If you or your child are prone to teeth grinding, known as bruxism, it will also help to use a night guard. People should not use their teeth to pry open lids or chew on hard candy or ice.
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