The Complete Dental & Oral Health Checkup New Patient Dental Exam of Square One Health Group
Why are regular dental visits so important?
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A dental appointment should not be made only when you have a tooth ache or another problem that needs to be addressed. Prevention is always better than needing a cure. Following are some of the reasons why it’s important to maintain regular dental visits:
1. Bad Breath
There are many causes of bad breath like poor oral hygiene, improper cleaning of dentures, periodontal disease, dry mouth, tobacco products just to name a few. By visiting your dentist, we can help you treat bad breath.
2. Check for mouth cancer
This is one of the most important things your dentist will do at every check-up. Dentists will do an examination for signs of mouth cancer, as well as head and neck cancer. To do this they will be checking for any lumps on your head or neck. They will also check for any red or white patches in the mouth. Usually these checks will find nothing unusual, but they could potentially save your life.
3. Dental hygienists
Dental hygienists and therapists are often overlooked when it comes to our oral health, but they can be extremely valuable for both the services they can offer and the advice they can give. Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth (usually called a ‘scale and polish’) by removing plaque and tartar, both of which encourage tooth decay and gum disease.
4. Consultations about tooth whitening
Tooth whitening has grown in popularity over recent years but there are plenty of myths out there that can lead to confusion about what is safe, as well as issues of legality. Your dentist is in the best position to give you advice about your options when it comes to tooth whitening. They are in the best position because not only do they know a lot about teeth whitening but they are also the only place you can legally get your teeth professionally whitened.
With just a mirror you can see how your teeth are looking but underneath your gums a lot can be going on without you even realising it. Dentists not only solve problems, they can prevent them. Potential problems they can spot include the onset of gum disease and dental decay. When it comes to your oral health it is important you are proactive and seeing your dentist regularly so that they can catch any issues early, before they become a problem.
6. Dentists can provide help and advice specific to your needs
Often when people have a problem they turn to the internet, a placed filled with lots of great information, but also misinformation. On the other hand, a dentist has had to train for years to be qualified in the profession and will provide guidance you can trust. By visiting your dentist regularly you can build a good relationship that will allow them to tailor advice and support specific to your needs over a long period of time.
There really isn’t anyone better placed to help you keep on top of your oral health than your dentist, so they should be your first port of call when it comes to concerns about your teeth and mouth.
We complete a detailed examination of your oral health in order to provide you with the best care possible. Our New Patient Dental Exam includes the following:
- Free Oral Cancer Screening
- Early signs of mouth or throat cancer, such as white lesions or blocked salivary glands
- Complete and thorough examination, intra and extra-orally
- Damaged, missing or decayed teeth
- Early signs of cavities
- Examine all of your teeth and tissues
- Take digital (low radiation) x-rays of your teeth (including pan or FMS)
- Review any past history of bone or gum disease and compare that information with our x-rays
- Condition of your gums, such as periodontal pockets, inflammation or other signs of gum disease (which can lead to tooth and bone loss)
- To see how previous dental work such as root canals, fillings and crowns are holding up
- Other suspicious growths or cysts
- Sensitivity - Do cold or hot drinks bother you?
- Bleeding in any areas of your mouth?
- Position of your teeth (e.g., spacing, bite)
- Signs that you clench or grind your teeth (a treatable problem that can cause headache or sore jaw and can, if serious, lead to hearing loss and tooth loss)
- Signs of bleeding or inflammation on your tongue and on the roof or floor of your mouth
- The overall health and function of your temporomandibular joint (which joins the jaw to skull), checking for signs of disorders that can cause pain or tenderness
- The general condition of the bones in your face, jaw and around your mouth
- Create a Dental Treatment Plan that outlines any future dental work required and how long it will take to complete
- Address any needs, questions or concerns you might have
- Provide estimates for the dental work recommended to you and review your insurance coverage (if applicable)
- Outline the Financing Options available to you
- Review all our policies and procedures so you fully understand how things work
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