Does the idea of a problem-free smile appeal to you? Most people would like to have better control over dental costs and the need for complex treatment, and preventive dentistry is the key to achieving that goal.
As an experienced dentist, Dr. Christopher Kaplan knows that constant oral problems can be a drain on your life. The good news is that it is much easier to achieve and maintain a healthy smile than many people think.
The Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry that includes routine dental exams and teeth cleanings helps you avoid problems like gum disease from developing in the first place. And, if we do find a small cavity, Dr. Kaplan can treat it promptly before it damages your tooth and requires more complex treatment to correct.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
At Randolph Dental Associates, we recommend two dental exams a year, spaced six months apart. This timing is perfect for helping our dentist stay current with your oral health needs and nipping small problems in the bud.
Dr. Kaplan will chat with you to see how you’re doing and if you have any concerns since your last visit. During your dental exam, he will:
- Note and record the condition of each of your teeth
- Perform a thorough head and neck exam
- Check the condition of existing dental work
- Check your jaw and your dental bite
- Check for signs of bruxism like worn or cracked teeth
- Take routine dental x-rays as needed
- Perform an oral cancer screening
How Technology Helps Educate
Dr. Kaplan believes in keeping his patients fully informed about their oral health needs. He takes his time when explaining a certain issue to be sure you’re clear about why it’s a problem and how treating it will benefit your oral health.
During your exams, our Randolph dentist uses visual aids like photos, digital x-rays, and intraoral cameras to include you in the process. An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that shows you and Dr. Kaplan close-up, detailed images of your teeth in real-time. You see exactly what he sees, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to understand your oral health when you can see a problem with your own eyes.
Dental Hygiene Appointments
Dental hygiene is incredibly important, and excellent brushing and flossing at home keeps your smile healthy between visits. But no matter how hard or how long you brush, you can’t remove tartar, which is hardened plaque, from your teeth. Tartar is a breeding ground for bacteria, and only a skilled hygienist can remove it using instruments designed to do the job.
During your six-month cleaning appointments at Randolph Dental Associates, one of our experienced hygienists checks your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Finding and treating gum disease in its earliest stages is critical, because, without treatment, it is very destructive.
Advanced gum disease can even lead to tooth loss, but it is highly preventable. By practicing diligent oral hygiene at home and visiting us for professional cleanings twice a year, we can help you stay a step ahead of dental problems like gum disease.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam with Us
Are you due for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning? Call Randolph Dental Associates so we can schedule a convenient appointment.
We look forward to being your partner in achieving excellent oral health!