Your mouth is an extremely complex part of the body. Bone and tissue work together to help you to process the food you eat, speak clearly, and form a wide range of facial expressions. If you suffer from any oral health issues, this can alter your oral function, affect your quality of life, and prove costly to treat.
To help you detect and prevent these problems, the American Dental Association recommends scheduling a dental exam and cleaning every six months.
The appointment will start with a thorough examination of your mouth, including detailed x-rays of all parts of your mouth. The dental exam will conclude with a basic cancer screening, examining your mouth, neck, and tongue for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
While Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley takes a look at your X-rays for any potential problems, the dental hygienist will perform a thorough dental cleaning. While they are removing plaque buildup and hardened tartar from your mouth, they will look out for overt signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
At the end of the cleaning the hygienist will perform a dental polishing to remove any surface stains from your teeth. More significant dental stains might require professional measures such as a dental bleaching treatment.
Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley will review your exam results with you at the end of the appointment and recommend appropriate treatment if necessary. If you or your dentist is concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, we might recommend administering a fluoride treatment.
If you are in the Casselberry, Florida area and are due for your next dental checkup, you can call 407-628-1066 to set up an appointment at Bright Smiles Dental.