Dental exams deliver more to our patients than they usually think. Dental exams offer you amazing benefits through state-of-the-art technology including: digital x-rays, oral cancer screenings, oral hygiene care, thorough cleanings, and sealants. When it comes to the health of your mouth, you need the power of diagnostic and preventative dental exams. When was the last time you had yours? Learn how these five components of a dental exam can help you maintain optimum oral health:
Digital x-rays don’t just help the environment, they also provide you with a better diagnostic tool for uncovering the health of your teeth, mouth and bones. Digital x-rays provide Dr. Niles with improved image quality while also reducing the amount of radiation exposure you come in contact with. Collecting your scans has never been easier or quicker than with digital x-rays. The information they render helps prevent serious conditions from developing or advancing. X-rays can diagnose invisible conditions, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between your teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Conducting an oral cancer examination and screening is an essential part of a dental cleaning. Oral cancer can be easily detected when you know what you are looking for unlike many cancers that are hidden and out of sight. Finding oral cancer early makes this disease highly treatable and survivable. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that 75 percent of all head and neck cancers begin in the oral cavity. Niles Family Dentistry is committed to helping with the effort to spread oral cancer awareness to our community with annual screening and self-checks. By scheduling your regular 6-month examinations in our office, you will be sure to receive a screening twice a year. The foundation for a healthy mouth is prevention and proactive attitudes on healthy habits and practices.
Oral Hygiene Care
Dental exams give us an opportunity to see where you are succeeding with your oral hygiene home efforts and where you can make improvements. We all fall into certain habits with the way we brush and floss–habits that may not always be correct or effective. Dr. Niles can tell you where she sees you need to improve your efforts to protect your teeth and gums from oral issues. During a dental exam, she takes time to educate you so you have the information you need to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
One of the most important components of your dental exam/visit is your dental cleaning. Dental cleanings help remove plaque and bacteria that you are unable to remove with a toothbrush alone. Dental cleanings rid your sensitive gum tissues of harmful particles that can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Dental cleanings help your mouth look and feel fresher. Teeth radiate a brilliance after polishing that your teeth might have lacked before your cleaning. Dental cleanings also offer you the protections from fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments help strengthen your teeth enamel so it can better fight bacteria.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), “sealant placement in children and adolescents has shown a reduction of cavities’ incidence [by] 86 percent after one year and 58 percent after four years.” Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but, unfortunately, there areas that, despite your good efforts, the toothbrush bristles just cannot reach. Deep depressions and grooves in teeth trap food particles and allow plaque to collect. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your food to produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. Repeated attacks cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in a cavity (or hole) in the tooth surface.
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Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums in between visits, your mouth still requires that you see a dentist regularly. Dr. Niles gets ahead of problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t show any visual or physical symptoms visible until they are in more advanced stages. Cavities, gum disease and oral cancer can all progress under your radar. Regular visits allows Dr. Niles to find early signs of disease. Dental conditions can be managed at a treatable stage. Dr. Niles is a family dentist in Niwot, Colorado, with convenient access to the communities of Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, and Louisville. Niles Family Dentistry offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for your appointment today at (720) 744-0001. We look forward to meeting you and your family!