A family dentist is skilled in an array of preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatment options designed to help patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, enjoy optimal oral health. Family dentists offer routine care like checkups, cleanings and oral cancer screenings, as well as restorations like fillings, crowns, dentures, bridges and implants, and they can also offer cosmetic care to help patients look and feel their best. Our practice also offers comprehensive orthodontic care for patients with crowding or alignment issues.
Dental check ups begin with a visual exam of the teeth and gums to look for any obvious issues. Patients will also be asked if they have any concerns or if they’ve been experiencing any symptoms that need to be addressed. Before the in-depth examination, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned using special tools and abrasives to remove plaque, stubborn tartar and superficial stains, as well as bacteria that form along the gums and between the teeth. During the cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will look for signs of gum disease as well as areas that need improvements in home care like brushing and flossing. once the cleaning is complete, the patient will be provided with tips on improving their home care routine if needed. Next, the dentist will carefully examine each tooth and the gums around the teeth to look for signs of decay or disease. An oral cancer screening will also be completed. Finally, the dentist will review recommended treatments and answer any questions the patient may have.
Dental cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Some patients require cleanings every 3-4 months depending upon their periodontal condition.
That depends on the stage of the disease. Mild gum disease may be treated with more frequent cleanings to remove tartar and bacteria. More advanced disease needs advanced cleaning treatments to remove tartar and bacteria below the gums and around the tooth root.