Regular checkups have two components: the cleaning and the examination. During your examination, Dr. Herman will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, tongue, and other maxillofacial features. This gives the dentist a baseline of your oral health and allows him to determine the best course of treatment.
The staff hygienist will thoroughly scale, clean, and polish your teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. This not only helps remove cavity-causing bacteria, but also leaves you with a sparkling-clean smile!
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Depending on how long it has been since your last visit and other considerations, your checkup may include:
Digital X-rays. Dental issues are not always apparent with a visual examination. Digital dental X-rays help identify issues such as cavities, cysts, bone loss, tumors, and positioning.
Oral cancer screening. Today, dentists are at the forefront of maxillofacial health. During your checkup, Dr. Herman will examine your throat, cheeks, gums, neck, and lips for signs of cancerous and precancerous cells.
Gum disease evaluation. Untreated gum disease can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. Dr. Herman will check your gums for signs of gum disease or inflammation (gingivitis).
Examination of past interventions. The Shore Smiles Dental team will perform a full check of existing crowns, fillings, sealants, and other past treatments to ensure these are still functioning as they should.
Cosmetic dentistry consultation. Are you embarrassed by stained, chipped, or crooked teeth? During your checkup, Dr. Herman can answer your questions and offer cosmetic recommendations to improve the appearance of your teeth.
An estimated 25% of American adults forego treating tooth decay due to a lack of insurance or funds. Shore Smiles Dental offers a number of options for those with little income or no insurance. Ask how we can put your oral health goals within reach.Book an Appointment
Attending regular dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) is a key part of maintaining your oral health. During your checkup, a registered dental hygienist will perform the following (when applicable):
Like most patients, you're probably wondering why dental exams and cleanings are recommended — especially since you likely brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. Think of this the next time you consider skipping your dental appointment… even dentists attend regular checkups. They may be professionals and have a thorough understanding of dental health, but they still see value in objective evaluations and thorough cleanings.
If it’s been a while since you last sat in the dentist’s chair, schedule a checkup with Shore Smiles Dental, today!