Prevention is always better than treatment. A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff.
Preventing disease and decay starts with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet. It is the continued efforts by Dr. Mooney, the dental hygienist that will promote, restore and maintain your oral health.
Prevention includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventative treatments that help protect the teeth.
Effective prevention can help you avoid costly treatments in the future to remove decay, restore teeth and treat gum disease. Regular prevention is truly your best investment, and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.