Most dental diseases can be easily prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental exams. At Arden Dental Services in the South Brooklyn, New York City, family dentist Arkady Pavlov, DDS, uses dental exams to help patients maintain the health of their teeth and gums. To schedule your next dental exam, call the office or book online today.
Dental exams are an essential part of preventive oral health care. The main focus of a dental exam is to identify dental disease and remove harmful plaque and tartar.
Plaque is a film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and gums. If plaque isn’t removed adequately with daily brushing and flossing, it can harden and become tartar. Once this happens, it can only be removed with professional treatment.
Plaque and tartar build-up increases your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Dental exams consist of two parts. The first part is a physical examination. During the physical examination, Dr. Pavlov or one of the experienced hygienists takes a close look at your teeth and gums, checking for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other abnormalities.
Your dental exam might also include imaging tests like an X-ray, as well as screening for oral cancer.
After checking your overall oral health, your provider moves on to the second part of the exam — a thorough, professional teeth cleaning.
A professional teeth cleaning at Arden Dental Services is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. During the teeth cleaning, your provider uses a small tool to scrape plaque and tartar from your gum line and in between your teeth.
Next, they use a gritty toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to polish your teeth and remove any leftover bacteria. Your provider then thoroughly flosses your teeth before allowing you to rinse.
The frequency of your dental exams depends on your overall oral health. For many people, having a dental exam twice a year is enough to keep their oral health in check.
If you’re at a higher risk for cavities or gum disease, more frequent visits can help you avoid serious oral health complications. People with a higher risk of dental disease include:
Dental exams help you avoid a number of common oral health concerns. To speak with the team about your oral health, call Arden Dental Services or book an appointment online today.