A full comprehensive exam always starts with either Dr. Daftary or Dr. Mahallati listening to the patient. Starting with their chief complaint (the reason for their visit) then taking a complete dental and medical history. An oral exam includes a complete restorative, periodontal and endodontic evaluation; oral cancer screening; TMJ examination; esthetic evaluation; study models and mounted casts (when indicated) and occlusal analysis; full mouth radiographs (digitalized with minimal radiation).
Dental Hygiene Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings are an excellent way for patients to maintain tooth longevity as well as maintain optimal oral and total body health. Dental cleanings include reviewing the patient’s medical history; check blood pressure; remove all plaque and calculus followed by polishing the teeth. All patients receive dental hygiene instructions and hygiene aids to maintain optimal care at home. Patients are scheduled at recommended intervals based on their individual needs throughout the year in the dental office to maintain their oral health.
Dental Cleaning Benefits
The whitish film that builds up on the teeth is called plaque. The bacteria living in plaque is the cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). The acid produced by the bacteria eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing combined with regular dental cleanings. Assessment of homecare and Oral Hygiene Instructions provided by the dental hygienists at CIED are important pillars of good oral health.
Stop Tooth Loss
Gum disease, which starts with the build-up of plaque and inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque and bacteria move further down the root of the tooth where it can destroy more of the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits can greatly reduce the likelihood of tooth loss.
A brighter smile!
The consumption of certain foods and beverages can stain teeth. Regular dental cleanings can remove built-up of stains resulting in a whiter and brighter smile!
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental cleanings are a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
Studies have shown a connection between oral health and the total body health. There are correlations between cardiovascular health, low birth weight, and periodontal (gum) health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower the risk of some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Some medical conditions, including life-threatening oral cancers and diseases, can be detected in their early stages by a dentist during a routine oral exam.
What is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Oral cancer affects more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer. Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all. Recent medical studies indicate the human papillomavirus disease (HPV) can be linked with oral cancer.
During a regular dental checkup, Drs. Daftary or Mahallati will examine your entire mouth to ensure there are no symptoms of oral cancer. Two dental visits per year are recommended, however, if you notice any unusual changes in your mouth please call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
For more information about oral cancer, support groups, or treatments, please visit www.oralcancerfoundation.org.