Family dentistry includes all the evaluations, treatments and procedures aimed at helping patients of all ages enjoy better oral health and more attractive smiles. A dentist skilled in family dentistry provides a complete array of treatments, including preventive care, restorative care, and cosmetic treatments, creating custom treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs and goals.
Dental checkups and cleanings begin with a review of any symptoms the patient may be experiencing, followed by a brief visual exam of the teeth and gums. Then, the dentist or hygienist performs a thorough, tooth-by-tooth cleaning using special instruments and mild abrasives designed to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar that harbor bacteria. During the cleaning, the hygienist will look for areas where brushing and flossing need to be improved, providing the patient with tips so they can keep their teeth and gums healthier between appointments. Dental x-rays may be taken, then the dentist will check each tooth for signs of decay or damage and perform an oral cancer screening. Finally, the dentist and patient will discuss potential treatment options aimed at improving the patient’s oral health.
The American Dental Association recommends most patients have their teeth professionally cleaned twice each year. Patients with certain medical conditions or who are otherwise more prone to gum disease may need to have more frequent cleanings.
That depends on how long it’s been since the last set of dental x-rays were taken, the patient’s oral health issues and other factors. Dental x-rays are very important tools in the fight against decay and disease, making it possible for the dentist to evaluate portions of the teeth located below the gums as well as the bone and other structures surrounding the tooth roots. In children, they can help identify crowding issues even before the adult teeth emerge. Tribeca Dental Club uses advanced digital x-ray technology designed to use far less radiation while returning highly-detailed images.
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