Dental Exam

Dental Exam
Maintain Oral Health
Dental exams are important in early detection and treatment of any small issues before they progress into major problems down the line. At Highland Family Dental, we strongly recommend performing regular check ups and dental cleanings to maintain your oral health. We utilize the best dental materials and equipment available today, including a dental x-ray system that has the lowest amount of radiation exposure on the market.
For this exam, we will:
1.Perform an extra oral exam to detect any swellings or abnormalities.
2. Perform an oral cancer screening with our state of the art equipment.
3. Check for any dental abnormalities that you may not see or feel.
4. Look for cavities.
5. Inspect your gums and bone levels for signs of gingivitis or In severe cases, periodontal disease. Periodontal disease and its effects is considered the main cause of tooth loss for adults worldwide.
6. Perform the appropriate cleaning that is needed in accordance with the patient’s gums and bone levels.
7. Apply a fluoride treatment.
With every exam, we will take any necessary x rays to evaluate the health of your teeth, bone, and surrounding structures.
Our recommendations are to come visit us every 3-6 months to talk to the doctor about any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health. If you would like to schedule an appointment, click here.
Prevention tips Highland Family Dentistry recommends
*******Brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, preferably with an electric toothbrush, provides many benefits to your oral health. It reduces bad breath by removing plaque from your mouth. Plaque causes bad breath due to it being an odor causing bacteria. By removing plaque on a daily basis, you will reduce bad breath.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important aspects of preventative dentistry and it is also one of the easiest. For better results, replace your tooth brush head every 2 months or when the bristles start to fray. Using a fluoride toothpaste also helps maintain the strength of your oral health.
****Floss your teeth daily. You floss the teeth you want to keep!
• Along with brushing your teeth, flossing is also imperative to do . Brushing is great, but that doesn’t remove the plaque in between your teeth. Flossing your teeth everyday prevents build-up of plaque between your teeth and a high probability of dental decay in between those teeth. Flossing allows you to clean the areas of your mouth where brushing can’t reach.
• Flossing not only removes hard to reach plaque, but it also helps removes food particles. If you have braces, you may use floss threaders to properly clean between the metal brackets. Flossing every day helps clean your mouth, but it also helps prevent oral health issues such as gum disease. Combining brushing with flossing on a daily basis is a great way to maintain the strength of your teeth/gums and prevent oral health issues in the future.
*** Drink plenty of water
Drinking acidic drinks, such as soda and coffee, will wear down the strength of your teeth. If drinking these kinds of drinks, try to drink them quickly. This reduces the amount of time your mouth is exposed to the high levels of acidity.
***Wearing a night guard to sleep
Wearing a nightguard to sleep has proven to have many benefits in the long run such as: Prevention of tooth damage, Reduced jaw tension and pain, prevention of migraines/headaches, Prevents snoring, and the most popular, saves you money! As people mostly grind when they are asleep/unconscious, dental damage becomes more extensive and the needs for dental crowns due to cracked teeth become more prevalent.
****Visit your dentist regularly
Regular visits to your local dentist provides significant benefits to oral health. During a regular check-up, a dentist will provide a thorough cleaning that is usually not achievable at home. These cleanings rid your mouth of plaque and tartar build-ups that occur between check-ups. Regular cleanings prevent major build-ups from occurring, prolonging the life of your teeth and gums.
Another benefit is that a dentist will also check for more serious oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer. Taking care of these issues early on can prevent them from worsening, causing more significant problems to arise.
During your appointment, you’ll receive a thorough examination, a thorough dental cleaning which fits your detailed needs, an oral cancer screening and we’ll answer your questions, and let you know if we find anything that could turn into a more serious issue. Visit our contact page to get directions to our office and view hours.