Exam & Cleaning

We’ve all thought, “Why do I need to go to the dentist? Nothing is bothering me,” before, right? Well, do you ever get the oil changed in your car? Seeing the dentist regularly for an exam or checkup is a great idea, just like regularly changing the oil in your car. It’s all about prevention!

Most dental problems are preventable with regular home care and professional dental cleanings and exams. Problems such as periodontal disease can be prevented when calculus and tartar buildup around tooth surfaces and disease-causing bacteria are removed by a professional hygienist. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, and other diseases, which makes prevention extremely important.

Other dental procedures, like fillings, are much easier for you (and less expensive!) when they are treated before they get larger.

The answer to this question depends on you. How much calcium does your body build up? Do you know your genetic predisposition to decay or gum disease? Have you had any trauma in your mouth? As a biocompatible or holistic dental office, we realize that every patient is utterly unique and will need a specialized care schedule based on many different factors. However, as a general guideline, studies have shown that:dentist appointment reminder Mudrow Family Dental

EVERY 6 MONTHS is adequate for patients with un-restored, un-crowded teeth with no susceptibility to gum disease and low risk of decay.

EVERY 3-4 MONTHS is recommended for patients with active periodontal (or “gum”) disease, excessive dry mouth, high risk of decay, or those under orthodontic care.

Your regular exam may take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes. During the exam, Dr. Mudrow will review any x-rays dental exam xray Mudrow Family Dentaland check your teeth for cavities or fractures. He will also check any existing dental work for problems like broken or missing fillings, look at your gums and other tissues for periodontal disease, and do a thorough oral cancer screening. Afterward, Dr. Mudrow will review his findings with you and give his recommendations for treatment, if necessary. You will also have a chance to ask questions about treatment or other concerns.

This question also depends on your individual circumstances. A hygiene appointment for a healthy mouth will usually take 20-30 minutes. One of our hygienists will review your health history, take necessary x-rays, assess your teeth and gums, discuss the health of your mouth, and thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. Your hygienist will be able to give you pointers for making homecare easier and more effective, and help determine what maintenance schedule is most appropriate for you to help accomplish your dental health and overall health goals.

If the hygienist finds excessive buildup or signs of infection or disease (periodontal disease), multiple appointments or a referral to a periodontal specialist may be recommended.

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