Visiting All in One Dental every six months for a routine cleaning and exam is essential to maintain good oral health. Dr. Jessica Wyatt’s dental hygienist uses special equipment to polish and clean your teeth during your appointment. A professional cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and food particles in a way that regular brushing cannot do. We also take the time to floss between each one of your teeth.
Once the cleaning portion of your appointment is done, Dr. Wyatt inspects your mouth to look for cavities and any other problems that would require you to schedule another appointment. The primary benefit of preventive dental care is that it allows your dentist to detect and treat oral health issues before they require tooth extraction or other more invasive types of treatment.
The Exam Portion of Your Preventive Care Appointment
The following are some of the additional things Dr. Wyatt looks for after your teeth have been cleaned and polished:
- Gum Disease Assessment: Gum disease often doesn’t produce any symptoms until it is in the advanced stages. By that time, you have an increased risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and lung disease. Fortunately, gum disease is reversible when diagnosed and treated early.
- Inspection of Dental Restorations: Dental bridges, crowns, dentures, and implants can all wear down after a while. If you have a dental restoration, Dr. Wyatt will check to ensure that it is still firmly attached and that no pieces of it have broken. Some repairs are easy enough to do on the spot while others require coming in for a follow-up appointment.
- Screening for Oral Cancer: Dr. Wyatt looks for red or white sores on your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, jaws, and gums that may be an early warning sign of oral cancer. Since doctors don’t typically look inside of patient’s mouths, this screening is instrumental in saving lives.
- X-ray Assessment: Many oral health problems are not visible to the naked eye. These include extensive decay, some infections, cysts, tumors, and wisdom teeth that have not yet erupted. Digital X-rays make it possible to see the results right away.
Dr. Wyatt and her staff may provide other services depending on the patient’s age and risk factors. In the case of pediatric patients, this may include a dental sealant or fluoride treatment during the course of their regular cleaning and exam.
We encourage you to contact us for an appointment if it has been longer than six months since you last saw a dentist. You will get on a regular bi-annual schedule once the cleaning and exam is complete.