Prevention is the Best Medicine – Family Dentist in Clairemont
Keeping your mouth healthy and happy benefits not only your oral health but your overall physical and mental wellbeing. Brushing and flossing regularly is an important component of maintaining your oral health, but by itself it may not be enough to ensure total health. Regular dental examinations at South Clairemont Dentistry should be scheduled twice a year.
Much like a physical examination, dental examinations are an important part of preventative care. Dr. Molnar will analyze the condition of your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. She is also checking for signs of disease, both oral and systemic. Some of the conditions a dental examination can detect include:
- Broken or Cracked Tooth
- Gum Disease
- Teeth Grinding
- TMJ Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Oral Cancer
Even if you are taking good care of your teeth, you may have some problem that you cannot see or feel yet. Many dental concerns do not hurt until they are in a more advanced stage. Catching them early makes them easier to treat, saving you from pain and expensive treatments.
To make better determinations about your oral health, dental x-rays will be taken. These allow dentists to see what is below the surface. X-rays can help detect and diagnose cavities, gum disease, abscesses, or growths, and can reveal impacted or unerupted teeth. The radiation emitted from the machine is minimal and safe.
A new patient should expect to take a full set of x-rays while returning patients are more likely to have bitewing images taken.
Once your examination is complete, your teeth will be cleaned. Any plaque and tartar that has built up on the surface of your teeth or around your gum line will be scraped away with a tool called a scaler. Your teeth will be polished and flossed. If needed, you may experience other cleaning care, such as fluoride treatments.