No one can avoid the dentist totally, but you can certainly keep your visits to a minimum. Brushing at home twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush is a great start.
During a dental exam, our dental team will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The exam includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities.
Dental cleaning helps control the bacteria in the mouth that are responsible for causing cavities and gum disease. Though brushing and flossing the teeth regularly will keep the plaque in check, a professional dental cleaning every six months is also important to address those areas that are difficult to reach.
The team at Burch Dental has a simple goal. That is to ensure your trust through our commitment to quality treatment and your continued satisfaction. It is our daily agenda to maintain a caring environment that is respectful and comfortable for everyone. Our team members are united in our efforts to promote oral health by means of prevention, enhancement, wellness, and rejuvenation. Call or visit one of our convenient locations today to schedule your appointment for a dental exam and cleaning.
A dentistry appointment at Burch Dental is not reserved for when you are experiencing a toothache, or you accidentally chip a tooth. Regular dental exams and cleaning are the best way to prevent emergency appointments related to cavities, gum pain or infections. While some emergencies cannot be prevented, like an accident, issues like tooth decay, oral cancer and root canals can all be detected early, treated, and avoided.
Regular Dental Exams are for Everyone
Everyone in the family from the children with their baby teeth to grandparents with full sets of dentures should visit Burch Dental at a very minimum of every six months. These exams compliment the twice daily at home dental cleaning routine. Not only are children as susceptible to cavities, but their baby teeth need supervision to make sure they are growing in correctly without decay. Even though children eventually lose their baby teeth, those first set are just as important as their later, more permanent teeth.
As for the adult members of your family, routine dental exams and cleanings are important habits to start and maintain throughout your life. As you age from a young adult to adult to a senior citizen, your risk for oral infection increases. As your teeth age, the enamel ages as well and weakens, creating opportunities for cavities. Again, at home brushing and flossing twice daily will help keep your mouth healthy, we can perform a more thorough cleaning and screen for more serious oral issues.
Regular Dental Exam Expectations
cleaning and screen for more serious oral issues.
Regular Dental Exam Expectations
During your visit at Burch Dental, our team will examine your mouth with various pieces of equipment and specialized tools. These will help us perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and mouth and execute various examinations of different aspects of your mouth for disease.
- Tooth decay- we will check each tooth for weakening enamel, cracks or areas of serious plaque buildup which are signs of decay and eventual cavities or infection.
- X-rays- these images allow us to see what is going on below the surface of your teeth. X-rays will show us how dense a tooth is, how the root looks below the gum line, tumors, growths, cysts, or places of decay. Once we have more than one set of x-rays to compare from past visits to current visits, Burch Dental can have a more complete set of data to monitor your dental health.
- Gum disease – we will look closely at your gums and the teeth near the gum line to check for periodontal disease.
- Existing restorations- our team will check any fillings, crowns, or other tooth restorations for signs of serious wear and tear allowing for infection or future issue.
- Oral cancer screening- we can closely scrutinize your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, lips, and throat for signs of cancer or abnormal growths to biopsy or further investigate.
- Education- out team will review with you the best ways to keep your mouth healthy at home from how to brush and floss to which areas of your mouth may need more attention. We can even review with you tips to keep your mouth healthy that include avoiding sugar, adequate water intake and foods to eat the nutrients you need to keep a strong, healthy smile.
Additional Deep Teeth Cleaning Information
Occasionally, adults who brush and floss twice a day, visit Burch Dental twice a year, and maintain healthy diets, still run into problems with gum disease. When we detect gum disease in one or more areas of the mouth, we may recommend a more thorough cleaning involving cleaning below the gum line with special tools. This is referred to as a scaling and root planing or a deep cleaning and it removes tartar buildup, debris, and bacteria from below the gums which is causing inflammation of the gum. If the gum inflammation and infection, or gingivitis, is not addressed it can lead to more serious stages of gum disease which include tooth and bone loss.
Before we perform the deep cleaning, we will use a local anesthetic to help you stay comfortable during the procedure. After our team is finished, you may have to use a course of antibiotics or an antibiotic mouth wash to help your mouth heal and strengthen.