What is a Preventative Dentistry Exam?
During a preventative exam at Mishicot Dental, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing built-up plaque and tartar. Your teeth and gums will be also examined for signs of tooth decay and other issues. We’ll ask questions about your dental habits and provide suggestions on how to best protect your mouth from oral health problems, such as gum disease and cavities.
Routine dental exams ensure problems are found early—so they can be quickly and more easily treated.
A preventative exam may also include the following:
- Dental X-Rays: X-Rays provide our dentists and hygienists with information that cannot be seen during a visual exam. They are essential for diagnosing hidden abnormalities and formulating the most accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problems, such as bone loss, tumors and decay, can go undetected.
- Oral Cancer Screening: When discovered early, oral cancer can be treated more successfully. During an oral cancer exam, your hygienist will check your neck, face, lips and mouth for signs of cancer. The examination only takes a few minutes.
- Dental Sealants: Sealants are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars with deep grooves and pits. These areas can be difficult to brush and therefore more susceptible to decay. Sealants offer a protective barrier to plaque by filling in the grooves and pits of a tooth.
- Fluoride Treatments: To help prevent tooth decay, we recommend the placement of fluoride through an in-office application. This boosts the strength of enamel to prevent tooth decay and can also help with tooth sensitivity.
What will happen at the first visit?