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Diagnostic and Preventive Treatments

Prevention is the foundation for lifelong oral health. Regular hygiene and exam visits are important for detecting problems early, as well as for developing a plan together with your dental team to avoid problems before they arise. For most patients, regular preventive dental visits should take place minimally twice a year.

What are some preventive measures I can take?

  • Oral Exam
    Regular examinations by your dentist are extremely important for your oral health. Your dentist can help you address problems early, prevent new conditions from developing, and create a plan for maintaining the longevity of your teeth. For most patients, an oral examination should be performed minimally twice per year.
  • Oral Cancer Screening
    Each oral examination includes an in inspection of the head, neck, and oral soft tissues to screen for abnormalities or signs of pathology.
  • Radiographs
    Also known as X-rays, radiographs are one of your dentist’s most important tools for detecting problems such as dental cavities and infections. Most patients require a full set of radiographs every three years and “checkup” radiographs every year. Dentists also use radiographs to look for problems you may present with that are not visible by direct visual examination, such as problems below the gum line or within a tooth. Radiographs may also be taken during dental procedures. 
  • Cleanings
    Routine dental cleanings are imperative for preventing gum disease and dental decay, as well as removing plaque, stains, and calculus (also known as tartar) that may be missed during your daily home care. Some patients may require more cleanings than others, but all patients require a professional cleaning every six months, at minimum. 
  • Sealants and Fluoride  
  • Periodontal, Orthodontic, and Wisdom Tooth Evaluations