Absolutely. With magnification, proper lighting, and the aid of X-rays, we work to identify problems like cavities and gum disease early, before they are visible to your naked eye. Additionally, dental exams involve more than the teeth and gums. The oral cavity can be an indicator of overall health, and conditions such as HIV or cancerous lesions may be detected during an oral exam. Maintaining your oral health is critical to maintaining your general health.
This question is best answered after a comprehensive exam. Depending on the condition of your mouth and your risk for dental disease, we may suggest X-rays every 6 months, or maybe every 2 years. Remember that early disease detection can minimize damage to your teeth and gums. The images that X-rays produce, termed radiographs, are critical for detecting tooth decay, infection, and bone loss. At Wasserman Dental, we use digital X-rays, not only because they reduce waste and improve communication between dental offices, but also because they reduce radiation exposure.
• Brush to remove food debris and plaque, the sticky film composed of acid-producing bacteria that forms on teeth. Use fluoride toothpaste twice daily and a soft-bristled brush, and always remember to brush your tongue.
• Floss to reach between your teeth and below the gums, areas your toothbrush bristles can’t access. Tooth decay and periodontal disease begin wherever plaque is not removed, so make sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth. A variety of cleaning aids is available if you find flossing difficult. Speak with your dentist to find one that’s right for you.
• Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid sugary foods.
We work with all PPO insurance plans, and we are in network with 6 major companies. Please call our office with questions, especially if you do not see your provider listed.