New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.
Your gum tissue is measured with a precise instrument to calibrate the pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue around the tooth in millimeters. Pocket depths of more than 4 millimeters could indicate disease and infection. The deeper the pocket, the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects and causes an infection in the gum tissue.
X-rays are taken as needed.
Routine cleanings also include professional polishing (Prophy) that removes only the soft sticky plaque that is above the gum line.
For most people, a checkup and cleaning every six months is standard protocol. Depending on a person's dental health, however, a dental cleaning every three to four months may be recommended.
For most people, a complete radiographic survey should be done every three years, and a "check-up" or "recall" set every six to 12 months. A complete set of X-rays is estimated to expose you to the same amount of radiation you get on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle.
Doctors use X-rays as an aid in diagnosing problems. Without X-rays, "seeing" the problem will be difficult if not impossible.
Floss is cheap, so don't be stingy! Tear off about a forearm's length to start. Wrap one end around the middle finger of one hand to "anchor" it and pick up the other end about 4-6 inches away with the middle finger of the other hand. This allows you to manipulate the floss with your thumb and forefinger. As you soil a section of floss, "reel" in another 4-6 inches of clean floss with the anchor finger as you release the floss with the other finger.
Once you get the floss past the tooth contact, move the floss up and down, perpendicular to the tooth. Never shoe-shine the teeth in a back-and-forth motion! You will either notch your teeth or cut your gums, or both!
Generally speaking, a soft-bristled toothbrush is best. Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric one, anything harder than soft is too hard. Stiff bristles may give you that clean feeling, but they can also abrade your teeth and cause gum recession.
In general, the tongue, with its rough surface, is the most common source of bad breath. Tongue scrapers are very effective in keeping the tongue clean.
Cavities generally develop in the "hard-to-see" places in your mouth. These are normally the places where you need to floss.
When bacteria combine with food particles, they form plaque that adheres to your teeth. As long as plaque remains on the tooth, the acids produced by this bacteria will eat away the tooth structure. Once through the enamel, the acid attacks the dentin, which is the part of the tooth containing sensitive nerve fibers.
If the tooth decay reaches the dentin, a filling is needed to halt the degenerative process.
Otherwise, it continues at an accelerated rate becoming larger and larger.
If not detected and repaired with a filling, the decay can reach the tooth nerve and cause the need for a root canal. With the decay removed and a filling in place, the tooth is restored to its original strength and contour.
Tooth decay happens when plaque or bacteria come in contact with the tooth and is allowed to sit. The bacteria, once fed with sugars, will begin eroding the enamel.
Adults tend to get cavities around old fillings, which may be cracked, rough around the edges, or loose in the tooth. Another common form of tooth decay in adults is root cavities. These are likely to occur in adults who have receding gums due to age or periodontal disease. As the gum line recedes, the tooth root becomes exposed. Since root tissue is softer than enamel, it decays more easily.
Our office provides smile makeovers to achieve the beautiful, natural look you seek. We can reshape your natural teeth to make them straighter and more youthful. Our office is easily accessible and makes it convenient to those living near Boca Raton to get the care they deserve.
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