Complete dental checkups are essential, as they allow our experts to stay on top of a patient’s oral health, and provide prompt treatment when necessary. We strongly encourage all of our patients to visit our practice at least twice per year for these reasons. While you are here, our hygienists will clean your teeth and gums, and our doctors will carefully check your mouth for any signs or symptoms of dental health problems. When you visit Fairfield Smiles, we will ensure you are on the right track for excellent oral health and a beautiful smile.
Regular checkups include a full examination, a professional cleaning, an oral cancer screening and when necessary, digital X-rays.
A person can develop problems with their oral health at any time. That is why our experts always provide a comprehensive examination during a checkup. This helps us detect any problems or issues that may be present. Our hygienists also look out for anything unusual while the teeth are cleaned. Issues that can be identified during an examination include tooth decay, cavities, unwanted tooth shifts and early signs of gum disease. In the event that anything significant is found, we may recommend a follow-up appointment or suggest changes to the patient’s oral care practices.
A professional cleaning accomplishes what simply isn’t possible at home. The process removes harmful buildups from the teeth, and it provides a sensation of oral cleanliness that will last for many months to follow. The first step of a professional cleaning is to scrape away any tartar and plaque that is present on the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. Next, the teeth are polished and cleaned, so that surface stains and odor-causing bacteria are eliminated. To maintain this cleanliness, the patient must make sure to brush and floss regularly following their visit.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can strike at any time, and when it comes to effective treatment, it is essential that the condition is caught as early as possible. That is why we take the time to provide a complete screening for oral cancer during every dental checkup. Our experts check the lips, tongue, face, gums, throat and soft oral tissues for any signs or symptoms of the disease.
Digital radiography allows our experts to examine the hidden areas of a patient’s mouth. After the digital X-rays have been taken, we can upload the images to a monitor for easy viewing. We will then carefully look at the images in order to determine if anything noteworthy is present. Some issues that are most commonly found through digital X-rays include tooth decay, gum disease, jawbone deterioration, cysts and oral cancer.
We invite you to visit Fairfield Smiles for your next dental checkup. Our experts will make sure to put you on the right track for great oral health and a beautiful smile. Please call us at 203-423-3833 to schedule an appointment.