RECARE (DENTAL CHECKUP) VISIT
Our teeth have several important functions.., smiling, facial contour, talking, biting, and chewing. They are also a factor which suggests social status and self-esteem. Just think!.., they are on-call 24 hours a day all of our lives. (Sometimes, overtime, as when we grind at night solving our daily problems). Both the oral examination and cleaning serve as tools of prevention.
Delaying the recare visit or minimizing the value of one’s dental health can result in a longer and more complicated treatment time than would otherwise be necessary. Recare visits reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Invest in the care of your teeth to optimize your overall health and maintain the attractiveness of your face and smile. The value of prevention is significant with respect to an individual’s oral health: less time in treatment, more comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing natural teeth, fresher breath, less complicated restorations, and ultimately less costly. With proper care (both at home and in the dental home) teeth can and should last a lifetime.
During the oral exam by the dentist, the mouth, tongue, teeth, throat, palate, gums, cheeks, mucosa, and lips are reviewed for early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, chewing power, and other abnormalities of the mouth and adjacent structures (muscle, joint and bone). Early detection will provide a more favorable and less traumatic outcome.
Prophylaxis or professional teeth cleaning by the hygienist removes plaque and calculus (tartar) near the gum line. Plaque is bacteria and food particles from your teeth and trapped in the gums. Bacteria create bad breath. Plaque that is not removed crusts over and bonds to the tooth, becoming rough, gum-damaging calculus. At your appointment, the dental hygienist assesses your gums, records the findings, and compares them to your last visit. It is also at this visit that the hygienist recommends brushing and flossing techniques, and the use of various toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouth rinses. Gums that are red, tender or swollen, or bleeding when you brush your teeth, may be a sign of gum disease.
We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients to keep teeth and gums healthy based on the American Dental Association’s recommendation.
Adult checkups may include these services:
- Comprehensive Dental Exam
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Digital Dental X-rays
- Teeth Cleaning
- Bite Analysis
- Gum Disease Assessment
- Treatment Consultation