Along with brushing and flossing at least twice a day, it’s important to visit All Smiles Big and Small at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam. The dental hygienists who work with Dr. Gabriel Sangalang and Dr. Patricia Villalta clean and polish your teeth with special dental equipment to give you a beautiful smile and improve your oral health. These cleanings remove food particles, plaque, and tartar in a way that you can’t achieve with brushing and flossing alone.
After your cleaning, Dr. Sangalang or Dr. Villalta will inspect your mouth for tooth decay or any other issues that would require follow-up care. Preventive dental care makes it possible for your dentist to find and treat any oral health issues before they would require more aggressive intervention such as tooth extraction.
What to Expect During the Exam Portion of Your Appointment
Your dentist will look for the following during your oral exam:
- Assessment of Gum Disease: By the time you have bleeding gums, gum pockets, and other signs of gum disease, it could already be quite advanced. Not only is it important to diagnose gum disease early for oral health, it also increases the risk of several serious diseases if left untreated. These include diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and certain types of cancer.
- Dental Restoration Inspection: If you already have a dental crown, bridge, or implant or you wear dentures, you know they can wear down. Your dentist will check to ensure that everything is still attached and working properly. She can complete simple repairs on the spot, but you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment for more complex repairs.
- Digital X-rays: It’s impossible to see many oral health problems without the use of a digital X-ray. In addition to tumors, these include cysts, infections, extensive tooth decay, and wisdom teeth still underneath the jaw line.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Red or white sores in your mouth that heal slowly might be an indication of oral cancer. Attending your bi-annual dental appointment just might save your life since doctors generally don’t have a reason to look inside of patients’ mouths.
Dr. Sangalang or Dr. Villalta may also recommend other services based on your risk factors, general health, and age. For your children, this could include providing a fluoride treatment or dental sealant during the exam.
Please contact us to schedule a cleaning and exam if you or your child haven’t had one in more than six months. We will send reminder cards to schedule a preventive care appointment twice a year once you get into our system.