It is very important for people to have dental checkups on a periodic basis. It is generally recommended that patients see our dentist every six months, or so, for a dental checkup. However, the recommended time interval will depend upon several factors including the patient’s age, general health, and current oral health. If you have not had a recent comprehensive dental checkup we suggest that you come in to our practice, Dental Excellence, for a dentist visit which will provide top-notch Medford dental care.
Not only are dental checkups important in helping to keep your mouth healthy - they are also cost-effective. This is because when it comes to dental problems an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. For example, it is much easier to be treated for a small dental cavity then to come in because your tooth has become seriously infected and you need to have a root canal treatment. When you come in for a dental checkup as part of your Medford dental care, you will generally first have a series of x-rays taken. The x-rays will be reviewed by our dentist, Dr. Robert H. Johnson, to make sure there are no hidden cavities or problems beneath the gum line. Your teeth will also be examined to make sure there is no damaged being caused by teeth grinding or TMJ problems.
The dental exam will then go on to cover other areas of oral health. As part of our Medford dental care, your mouth will be examined to make sure there are no signs of oral cancer. Your bite and jaws will also be checked to make sure that nothing is occurring that could be affecting your bite or affecting the way your jaws are meeting. Your gums will also be thoroughly examined to make sure there are no signs of gingivitis or gum disease. Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease. If it is determined that you have gingivitis, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to get your gums back on the road to excellent health. If it is determined that you have deep pockets between your teeth and gums, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have a periodontal treatment called scaling and root planing. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for the gums and will most likely be able to reverse the government disease that has taken hold in your mouth. If you would like to meet with our dentist for a dental checkup, contact us today.