You can help prevent problems before they start.
Every day it seems like more articles and current research emerges pointing to the fact that the health of your teeth and mouth directly affects the well-being of your entire body. Even though routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting Dr. Schmidgall and his skilled team of hygienists for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful.
By routinely seeing Dr. Schmidgall for exams and cleanings, you can help:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, Dr. Schmidgall will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Dr. Schmidgall may also want to take X-rays to get a look at what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. The images provided will help Dr. S discover dental issues that could be causing extensive damage.
Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities. They will also examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth and that no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully and thoroughly clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth and apply fluoride. Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, please let anyone on our team know. We have several sedation options to ensure your comfort. If Dr. Schmidgall or one of our hygienists finds tooth decay or gum disease, they will help coach you on ways to improve your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. S will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.