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Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings

By Burton Gooch on February 11, 2015


A man at a dental examMany people take regular dental visits for granted, but they are still one of the best methods available to help fight tooth decay and gum disease. The professional attention that is provided at a regular dental visit can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile for many years to come.

At Dr. Burton Gooch Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we offer comprehensive dental care treatment, from general dentistry visits to restorative dentistry focused on improving dental health and wellness. We'd like to consider the regular dental visit right now and why the services offered to patients are so crucial to maintaining and enhancing dental health.

Advanced Diagnostics and X-rays

During a dental exam, you will have x-rays taken and will also undergo advanced diagnostic testing. These x-rays will allow dentists to examine the interior workings of the teeth and the gums, and other diagnostic tests will help provide a strong picture of your dental health needs. This type of analysis cannot be done at home, obviously.

Thorough Professional Cleanings

As part of each dental visit, patients will undergo a thorough professional cleaning. This will include a flossing of the teeth as well as a full brushing with an electric brush. The dentist and dental hygienist will be able to access all of the hard-to-reach places in your mouth. A little bit of scraping and a possible fluoride treatment are not uncommon as part of this professional cleaning.

Checking Your Teeth and Gums Up Close

Once your teeth have been fully cleaned, your dentist will do a close examination of your teeth and gums. This will allow the dentist to note any discoloration, damage, lesions, sores, and so forth. Further tests can be performed in order to determine if these issues may be the sign of a more serious dental health or general wellness issue, allowing them to be treated as soon as possible.

Discussion of Your Dental Health Concerns

Being with your dentist allows you to share dental health issues that may be on your mind. This can include problems with persistent dry mouth, bad breath, pain in the jaw area or in the teeth, and so on. Sometimes these issues are not obvious from dental x-rays or the close-up exam, which is why talking with your dentist about such matters is so important.

Tips for Great At-Home Care

During your discussion with your dentist, you will likely receive some excellent tips for at-home dental care. Your dentist may provide pointers so that you can experience better overall dental health. This might include the kind of toothbrush you may want to use, tips for flossing, and what other products may enhance your dental health and wellness.

Planning for Future Dental Care Needs

If more advanced dental treatments are needed, your regular visits to the dentist serve as a great starting point for additional treatment. Treatment plans can be discussed and you can ask any questions that you may have about the treatment process ahead. This is a great opportunity to learn more.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Burton Gooch

For more information about general dental care and how we can help your smile be as healthy and beautiful as possible, be sure to contact our family dental care center today. Dr. Gooch and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health.

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