Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is vital to the well-being of your entire body, and although routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting our office for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile remains beautiful. However, for some patients with periodontal disease and others who are physically challenged, the interval can vary to two, three, or four months between appointments.
By routinely seeing us for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in our office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, Dr. Kozin will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. He may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. The images provided will help Dr. Kozin discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
One of our dental hygienists will explore the surface of your teeth to determine whether you have any cavities, and examine the quality of existing fillings. The hygienist will perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss is occurring.
The hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of instruments to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from them. Your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride when needed.
Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let us know. The hygienist may offer a topical anesthetic and/or a conscious sedation option (nitrous oxide) to ensure your comfort.
If Dr. Kozin or the hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, we may speak with you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, we may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.
If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.