Routine Dental Checkups
Routine dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral hygiene and are the best way to detect problems in their earliest stage. Early diagnosis and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time and money.
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice a year. However since oral hygiene needs change with age and the condition of your teeth and gums, Dr. Amee may recommend a checkup schedule that is more or less frequent than twice a year.
What to expect at your Checkup appointment?
Your routine dental checkup includes:
- Visual exam of your mouth, face, jaws and neck region
- Diagnosis with aid of digital X-rays
- A thorough exam of gums
- Professional cleaning of your teeth
- Comprehensive data accumulation of your dental health in electronic records
During a visual exam, Dr. Amee will use a high-tech intraoral camera with state of the art magnification and lighting to check all areas inside your mouth. You will have the privilege of watching this visual exam in real-time, tooth-by-tooth on your chairside computer.
In addition to looking out for cavities and gum infection, Dr. Amee also checks for any abnormal growths and disease on the roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums, and the inner lining of your cheeks. Finally, she will check the lymph nodes of your head, jaw and neck regions for any pain, enlargement and tenderness.
We use digital X-rays which help to detect dental problems that cannot be found during a visual exam. Our modern digital X-ray equipment emits significantly less radiation and provides immediate results. The information accumulated from these X-rays helps your dentist to formulate a customized treatment plan for you.
Gum health exam
Healthy teeth need healthy gums to support them. A gum health exam determines the presence or risk of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease may be reversible if diagnosed and treated early. Since it rarely causes any pain, it is likely for anyone to have gum disease and not know it.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
We use modern instruments to clean your teeth by removing plaque from above and beneath the gums. Next, your teeth are polished. Tooth polishing makes your teeth look and feel great. It also smoothens tooth surfaces and decreases the chances of plaque accumulation for some time.
Electronic Dental Records
The records of our patients’ dental checkups, diagnostics and treatments are stored electronically. Our patients benefit from this because our dentists and specialists have immediate, comprehensive access to patients’ health histories as well as the findings of previous and current exams, diagnostics, treatment plans and progress reports. Electronic dental records improve safety of patients’ private health information and create clinical efficiencies that help reduce wait time for our patients.
Good Oral Hygiene
The secret to healthy teeth and gums is avoiding plaque and food accumulation in your mouth. Plaque and food accumulation attract harmful bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
Tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Use proper brushing technique and pick the right toothbrush
- Brush enough. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily. (https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth)
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash twice daily (after breakfast and before bedtime)
- Use a dental floss or Waterpik® (https://www.waterpik.com) daily
- Clean your tongue regularly by using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper
- Visit your dentist regularly for routine dental checkups
Children’s Oral Health
Here are some things you can do to ensure good oral health for your child:
- Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- For children younger than age 6, watch them brush their teeth. Make sure they use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and always spit it out rather than swallow it.
- For children younger than age 2, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless your doctor or dentist tells you to.
- Learn more about fluoride toothpaste and other sources of fluoride at Brush Up on Healthy Teeth.
- As soon as the first tooth appears in the mouth, talk to your pediatrician, family doctor, nurse, or dentist about fluoride varnish.
- If your drinking water is not fluoridated, ask your dentist, family doctor, or pediatrician if your child needs oral fluoride supplements. These are available in many forms, like drops, tablets, or lozenges.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants.
- Have your child visit a dentist for a first checkup by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.