The Importance of Dental Exams and Cleanings By Michael Bixby on April 08, 2015

A woman undergoing a dental examAt the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, we provide patients in and around the Red Bank area with comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, all of which are focused on enhancing dental health and total wellness. The backbone of this approach is the routine dental checkup, which is a crucial part of making sure your smile is as healthy as possible.

Why It's Important to Visit the Dentist Every Six Months

Even though twice a year doesn't seem like much, you'd be very surprised what a difference a dental visit can make. During your visit with your dentist, you will undergo a number of different dental care services and procedures that you cannot possibly perform at home. Having your teeth and gums checked by dental care specialist means that your dental health and your general wellness will be well looked after.

X-Rays and State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Care

During a normal dental visit, you will undergo a number of diagnostic checks in order to assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw joint. This includes x-rays as well as state-of-the-art cavity detection. Precise and advanced instruments will allow your dentist to pinpoint any potential concerns and implement the best treatment to address these matters right away.

A Thorough and Professional Cleaning of Your Teeth

During your dental exam, you will undergo a thorough cleaning of your teeth. This means flossing as well as a polish with an electric toothbrush. Some light scraping may also be done in order to remove any plaque deposits or hardened plaque known as tartar (dental calculus). This is great in that those hard-to-reach places in your mouth will get the full attention that they deserve.

Checking for Potential Problems with the Teeth and Gums

Once your teeth are polished and cleaned, your dentist will then look for any signs of potential problems. This includes chips or cracks on the teeth, tooth discoloration, discoloration or swelling or the gums, lesions on the soft tissues of the mouth, and so on. These outward signs in combination with diagnostic tests will help your dentist identify the exact issue you're experiencing.

Discussing Your Dental Care Concerns In Person

Your dentist and his or her diagnostic tools can't accomplish everything. The patient is crucial for assisting in his or her own wellness. If you have noticed any issues with toothaches, swollen gums, dry mouth, bad breath, and so on, you should let your dentist know. This will help in the diagnostic process and will also give you an opportunity to voice your concerns as they arise.

Sharing Tips for Great Dental Hygiene

Your dentist will likely be able to provide some pointers to enhance your dental health and general wellness. These tips will allow you to experience the best possible dental health. This may be as simple as recommending the right kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use, or commenting on dental care practices that might be helpful to you and your needs.

Planning Our Your Future Treatment Needs

If you require any future dental work, it can be discussed during your dental exam. This will allow you to ask any questions you may have and get your pressing concerns addressed in a timely manner. This is a great way of making sure you know all of the risks and benefits of a dental procedure each step of the way.

Schedule a Consultation at the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry

For more information about general dentistry services or to schedule a dental exam, contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bixby and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve exceptional dental health in the process.

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Center for Advanced Dentistry

Dr. Michael Bixby has been providing comprehensive dental services to patients in the Red Bank area since 1998. He is proud to be affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (732) 224-1160 to speak to a member of our team today.

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