Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is vital to the well-being of your entire body. Although routine brushing and flossing at home are necessary to keep your smile looking its best, regular visits to Dr. Egidio 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 remains beautiful.
By routinely seeing Dr. Egidio for exams and cleanings, you can:
- 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 our office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, Dr. Egidio will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. He may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums.
We use the latest digital X-ray system in order to minimize the radiation exposure for our patients. The images provided will enable Dr. Egidio to discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
A dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine whether you have any cavities, and to examine the quality of existing fillings. Then the hygienist will perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, the hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of tools to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Finally, the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.
Cleanings usually aren’t painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. Dr. Egidio will discuss ways to make your visit more comfortable. If he or your hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, we will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits.
In severe cases, our team may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatment. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, Dr. Egidio will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.