Dental exams in Higganum

Dental Exam

Regular dental exams are an important part of our preventive health care strategy in Higganum. During a dental exam, Dr Campbell or one of our hygienists will clean your teeth and identify gum inflammation or bone loss. The dentist or hygienist will evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for any abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures. Our Higganum dental office incorporates all the newest dental technologies in our dental exams, such as digital imaging so that any areas of concern can be explained thoroughly to all of our Higganum patients.

During a dental exam, our dental hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion during a dental exam in Higganum might include:

  • Any medications you’re taking
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Consequences of tooth loss
  • Benefits of crowns, fixed bridges or dental implants
  • Use of dentures
  • Cosmetic procedures

A dental exam also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions about oral health. There are many studies that show a direct link between oral health and overall health. A dental exam in Higganum can lead to better oral health. Good oral health helps prevent systemic problems such as diabetes, heart problems and others.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.