The first step to getting on the right track for great oral health is to receive regularly scheduled dental checkups. These important visits allow our dental care experts to properly monitor the wellbeing of your teeth and to provide prompt treatment if any noteworthy issues are discovered. It is recommended that all of our patients visit our practice at least twice a year for this reason.
Our complete dental checkups include a professional teeth cleaning, an oral cancer screening and when needed, digital X-rays. Our experts may also recommend supplemental fluoride applications. After receiving these treatments, you will enjoy fresh, clean teeth and know exactly where you stand in terms of your overall oral health.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Also known as prophylaxis, a professional teeth cleaning is designed to rid the mouth of any harmful bacteria and plaque. We use specialized tools to eliminate the plaque that has accumulated upon the surface of one’s teeth and below their gum line. We then polish and cleanse the teeth to remove surface stains and any remaining plaque. This thorough treatment will provide a patient with a long-lasting sense of oral freshness and reduced bad breath for up to six months. We also like to use this time to examine the mouth for any signs or symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, while also checking the status of any existing dental restorations.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a dangerous condition that can affect anyone at any time. The disease is best treated in its earliest stages. That is why we provide an oral cancer screening during every complete dental checkup. Our experts will examine your lips, tongue, face, gums, throat and oral tissues for any signs or symptoms of cancer. In the event that anything unusual is a discovered, a biopsy will be conducted as soon as possible.
By using digital radiography devices, our experts are able to obtain a detailed look at the hidden areas inside your mouth. This allows us to safely and instantly learn more about any oral health problems that you may be experiencing. From there, we can move forward with providing the best possible treatment. Digital X-rays are also beneficial for patients who are not actively experiencing any problems, since they rule out the possibility of any unnoticed issues being present.
Supplemental fluoride applications are designed to strengthen tooth enamel and reverse the early effects of tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be applied directly to a patient’s teeth in order to provide certain benefits. If you are at a high risk of tooth decay, we are likely to recommend a fluoride application during your checkup. The process is very quick and easy, and it can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Improve and maintain your oral health by scheduling your next complete dental checkup at Thomas & Thomas Dental. Please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.