Re-care Exam and Prophylaxis
In order to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth and keep a beautiful smile, it is important to have regular dental visits. During these visits, your dentist will review the overall health of your mouth, assess the bone level around your teeth, check for any decay that might be present, screen for oral cancer, assess the symmetry and alignment of your bite, and explore any dental work you may have currently that was done in the past. Your dentist will also check for gum disease, which is caused by bacteria that live in plaque; which can cause you to lose bone support around your teeth and, eventually, to lose teeth as well.
If you have not been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your regular 6 month visit to your family dentist is a good opportunity for the hygienist to remove plaque and tartar that may have accumulated since the last dental cleaning. It is very important to brush and floss daily, however brushing and flossing don’t have an impact on tartar once it has formed. The tartar will keep building up and causing problems until it is mechanically removed.
An exam is also an opportunity for the dentist and the hygienist to examine your head and neck area as well as the oral soft tissues in order to assess their health and condition. An oral cancer screening is recommended by the American Dental Association in order to prevent and to detect early oral changes that may lead to cancer of the mouth, neck and throat resulting from oral habits such as smoking and dipping or from HPV.
Our office use Velscope to supplement the traditional intra and extra oral head and neck exam; The VELscope device is an imaging modality which is extremely sensitive to tissue changes to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues changes and provide better outcomes for patients.
The re-care visit is very important to keep a healthy mouth and teeth. A good preventive strategy includes your six month exam and cleaning, and is aimed at keeping you out of the dental chair and preventing advanced dental problems.