Visiting the dentist may not be your favorite thing to do, but dental check-ups remain the very best way for our knowledgeable and skilled dentistry team to monitor the health and condition of your teeth.
We are pleased to offer comprehensive dental check-ups performed right here at our offices in Staten Island, NY.
A dental check-up involves several key things that enable us to obtain a clear and full picture of the health of your mouth and teeth. These include:
We usually start each appointment with an informal chat with you about your oral and general health. If we haven’t already obtained your medical history, we may ask about this as it gives us a good indication if you are at a particular risk of certain dental problems. We will also ask you about your current diet, whether you drink alcohol or smoke, and about your teeth-cleaning habits. We usually ask these questions at each appointment since we know that these are things that can change over time. For example, you may choose to give up smoking. We will also ask you if you have any concerns about the health or condition of your teeth and mouth.
You will be asked to open your mouth wide so that we can perform a thorough assessment of your teeth and mouth. We will check for any signs of cavities, evaluate the condition of your gums and check for signs of periodontal disease, and look at the soft tissues inside your mouth. This process shouldn’t be painful at all. If you have a build-up of plaque or tartar on your teeth, we may remove this there and then using special tools. Again, this shouldn’t hurt and remove it immediately will contribute towards the long-term health of your teeth.
Although it sounds frightening, an oral cancer screening is a very routine part of a dental check-up appointment. Around 53,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Unfortunately, in many cases it is detected fairly late in its development, meaning that survival rates are not as good as they could be.
As with most medical problems, cancer is nearly always easier to treat if it is detected in the early stages. The goal of oral cancer screening it to identify any signs that could indicate mouth cancer as early as possible when it is easiest to remove and more likely to be cured. This process involves just a simple, physical check of the oral cavity. If we believe that there is any cause for concern, we will talk to you about further diagnostic tests that may be required.
At the end of your appointment, if we believe that you would benefit from some form of dental treatment, this will be discussed with you. We will also advise you when you should return for your next regularly scheduled check-up visit.
If you would like to schedule a dental check-up to ensure that your teeth are in the best possible condition, contact our Staten Island, NY clinic on (718) 285-7388 today.