Routine checkups are vital to your overall dental health and oral hygiene. This is the best way to detect problems at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment saves unnecessary discomfort, time, and money.
We recommend you have regular checkups twice a year. Oral needs change with age and the condition of your teeth, gums, and restorations. The dentist may recommend a checkup schedule that is more frequent depending on your personal needs.
The dentist and hygienist will look for cracked and decayed teeth, for growths and sores on the roof and floor of your mouth, tongue, lips, gums, and the mucous membranes that line your cheeks and gums.
Your teeth are cleaned using special instruments to remove plaque from above and up to 3mm below the gumline. Afterwards, your teeth are polished. Tooth polishing makes your teeth look and feel great. It will also help smooth the tooth’s surface so plaque is less likely to attach and re-accumulate.
Digital Diagnostics X-Ray
Digital x-rays detect dental problems in areas between and around your teeth that cannot be found during a visual exam. We use digital x-rays that provide instant results and emit 90% less radiation. Your dentist determines how often you need to have x-rays and will follow the American Dental Association's Guidelines for x-rays.
Healthy teeth require healthy gums. A periodontal exam determines the presence and risk of periodontal/gum disease.
- Daily tooth brushing and flossing remove food and plaque from the gingival pocket. If not removed, the bacteria will produce toxins that destroy the supporting structures of your teeth and deepen the pocket.
- Normal healthy pockets range in depth from 1-3mm. Unhealthy, diseased pockets will be 4mm or more with bleeding upon periodontal examination.
- During your exam, a hand-held instrument is gently placed between your gum and tooth to measure the depth of the pocket.
- In its earlier stage known as gingivitis, gum disease can be reversible. Once the disease progresses it will require constant meticulous care to keep it from progressing and keep bone loss to a minimum.
- Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults.
Sealants are clear or white coatings placed in the pits of your children’s posterior teeth. These pits are where most plaque and debris collect causing the majority of adolescent tooth decay. When sealed, the surface is smooth so that food traps don’t form and bacteria does not sit on these surfaces.
Importance of Fluoride
Fluoride is present in tooth enamel. It’s a component that keeps the enamel hard, inhibiting the decay of teeth by acid caused by the breakdown of food. It can reduce decay of teeth by 20 to 40 percent.
Oral Cancer Screening
Q Dental is concerned for your overall oral and physical health. That’s why we offer the ViziLite Oral Cancer Screening System. This quick and painless procedure can be done at your routine cleaning appointment.
Athletic Mouth Guards
It is important to protect your child’s teeth during “Contact” and “Non-contact” sports where incidental contact with solid objects or other participants is common. Collision of the lower teeth with the upper teeth can be cushioned by a mouth guard, decreasing the chance for damaged or chipped teeth. A custom-fit guard allows for clearer speech, increased comfort, and less restricted breathing than other types of mouth guards. A custom fabricated mouth guard can also be made in your school colors!