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As your family dentist in Northfield, our team of doctors at Northfield Family Dental conduct a comprehensive range of oral health examinations as part of the preventative dental care we provide to our patients. Preventative dental examinations allow our dentists to discover any potential issue or slight changes to your teeth and gums. In some cases, an X-ray may be needed to help diagnose an issue that may otherwise not be instantly visible during a routine oral checkup.
In addition to practicing quality oral hygiene at home, maintaining a healthy smile requires undergoing regular dental checkups, at least once every six months. Studies have found significant links between gum disease and a variety of chronic health issues that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer. Fortunately, regular checkups enable our doctors to detect gum disease early on while the disease is still easily treatable and the damage done reversible.
Visual Examinations a Key to Better Oral Health
The dentist and/or hygienist performs a visual examination to detect a variety of oral health issues, including:
- Cavities: The dentist will gently probe the entire surface of a tooth to find any signs of softness that may signal decay. Early detection makes it possible for our dentists to reverse the decline with fluoride treatment.
- Periodontal Disease: As with cavities, the dentist identifies periodontal disease with by probing a patient’s gum tissue. The dentist will examine the gaps between your teeth and gums to discover the possible presence of gum disease. Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is easier to correct and treat during the early stage with specialized teeth cleaning and optimum dental hygiene regimen.
- Oral Cancer: This condition usually affects the throat, lips, neck, head, and soft tissues of the oral cavity, and has better chances of being treated if detected early. The dentist will physically examine those areas for lumps, sores, or rough patches and press them for the presence of inflammation or tenderness.
- Jaw and Bite Problems: Misaligned bite is problematic for your teeth and jaws, and may cause teeth grinding or jaw pain. During your dental exam, the dentist will examine your teeth alignment and bite to recommend the best course of treatment.
Dental experts recommend that you should have your teeth cleaned professionally biannually or even more often for those that have an increased risk for cavities or other dental related concerns such as periodontal disease. The hygienist will commence cleaning by eliminating the accumulation of tartar using a scaler to avert gum diseases or cavities.
After scaling, the hygienist will commence teeth polishing using a paste containing gentle abrasives to get rid of plaque and surface discolorations. Polishing smooths your teeth and reduces the chances of bacteria buildup. If necessary, fluoride treatment might be administered to remineralize the enamel and strengthen your teeth against cavities.
Our dentist in Northfield uses digital x-rays to determine the state of your teeth and jaws. This step will help discover the presence of cavities, bone loss in the jaw or teeth eruption problems. The scans are environmentally-friendly and produce quicker images to reduce your exposure to radiation.
During your initial visit to Northfield Family Dental for a dental exam, the dentist will review your medical history, and any medications you are currently taking that may affect your oral health.
Your Northfield Family Dentist is Here to Help
Don’t underestimate the importance of a healthy smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with our team at Northfield Family Dental!