Dental Exams and Cleanings in Tarpon Springs
During our comprehensive patient evaluation we perform a thorough examination, evaluating the health of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues in the mouth. The first part of the examination consists of a thorough review of medical history including any surgeries, medical implications and medications being taken. A full mouth set of x-rays is taken, which will help us see not only cavities present but also bone levels and abnormalities in the oral cavity. The hygienist next evaluates the oral cavity in two ways. First, a visual examination is done to assess the teeth, gums and oral cavity. We also do an oral cancer screening. Any existing dental work is charted and an evaluation of bone and tissue health is done by measuring the pocket depth around every tooth (periodontal screening). Patients also meet the dentist who reviews the x-rays, listens and discusses any concerns or problems. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health and keep you smiling. Then during the final part of the visit the hygienist reviews any findings and the options needed to attain excellent oral health. In the future, periodic examinations and x-rays are recommended once per year by the American Dental Association and can identify and treat potential trouble spots before they become serious problems.
Fresh breath and a healthy mouth starts with regular check-ups and visits to your dentist and hygiene team. Having a professional dental cleaning once every six months can improve your appearance, your breath, and even your overall health.
Dental cleanings are a part of oral hygiene that involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. The hygienist removes hardened deposits not removed by routine brushing and flossing at home. By removing plaque before it hardens into tartar and infects your gum tissue, we can keep you and your teeth healthy.
Additionally, the teeth are polished to remove plaque and surface stain to give you a nice, bright smile. Each preventative visit to our office is an important part of a patient’s program to prevent gum disease. We want you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer kills 1 American every hour. Oral cancer screening is an integral part of your yearly checkups and we have a very affordable test that can catch abnormalities early. OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light that allows a clinician to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus saving lives. Earlier diagnosis and treatment can help save lives.
The American Dental Association states fluoride treatments can help patients who have a “moderate-to-high risk” of developing tooth decay. Some risk factors for caries development include having active caries, a sugary diet, and taking medications that reduce saliva production. Speak with us to determine if a fluoride treatment would be beneficial for you.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.
Call today to schedule your dental exam: (727) 937-4285