At OnCall Dental, we’re here to help you deal with unexpected dental emergencies, and by far the best way to do this is to just avoid them altogether, which is exactly what our preventive dentistry services can do! With just two preventive dentistry appointments each year, we can keep your teeth healthy and make sure a small dental problem doesn’t turn into an emergency in the future. To learn more about all the ways we can keep your teeth beautiful and whole, read on below, or simply contact us today for an appointment.
A “dental checkup” is another term for an oral exam, in which your dentist will closely look at your mouth and gums searching for the subtle signs of everyday dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more. By getting dental checkups regularly, you’ll enable our team to catch any issues you have early and treat them quickly before they can ever put your smile in jeopardy. All in all, these appointments usually take less than an hour and are one of the best things you can do for your oral health!
X-rays have been an essential diagnostic tool in dentistry for decades, allowing doctors to spot potential problems hidden below the surfaces of the teeth. We upgraded to using digital x-rays as opposed to traditional, film-based x-rays a long time ago because they are able to create images much faster, they don’t need to be processed in a darkroom, and better yet, they expose our patients (and us!) to 90% less radiation. Plus, because everything is digital, the images can be easily stored, sent, or shown to you on a chairside monitor so your dentist can better explain what they are seeing.
Brushing and flossing are absolutely essential to taking care of your teeth, but they simply aren’t enough to keep your smile entirely clean. Your teeth and mouth have many hard to reach surfaces your tools at home aren’t really designed to reach, and that makes them susceptible to gathering plaque and developing cavities. A dental cleaning performed by one of our skilled hygienists will target these problem areas and even give your teeth a good polish to make them appear healthy and white.
Periodontal therapy is used to treat patients who are suffering from gum disease, which is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Early symptoms are very easy to miss, but eventually, gum disease can actually develop into the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world! This is why our team will always keep a close eye on your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we spot any signs of an infection, we will quickly and effectively treat it.
Oral cancer rates are currently on the rise here in the U.S., especially among healthy individuals who do not engage in traditionally risky behaviors such as tobacco or excessive alcohol use. This is why the American Cancer Society recommends that people of all ages should have at least one oral cancer screening per year, which your dentist at OnCall Dental can perform as part of your regular dental checkup. Your doctor will examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, neck, and throat for any signs of the disease, and they can advise you on what to do if they find anything that causes concern.