At Niles Family Dentistry, we do all we can to make dental care easy and relaxed. However, we know that coming to a new dentist office can be a little intimidating. If you’re a new patient, here is what you can expect from Niles Family Dentistry.
Why You Should Have a Dentist
Oftentimes, people believe if they aren’t showing signs of dental health issues they don’t need a dentist. You may think these appointments are only to get your teeth cleaned, but they’re much more than that. Regular dental visits are important because they allow your dentist to:
- Detect cavities early
- Catch gum disease early
- Detect early-stage oral cancer
- Check your previous fillings
- Catch dry mouth or chronic bad breath
- Review your oral hygiene
- Protect your overall health
- Safeguard your family’s oral health
New Patient Exam
When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Ashley Niles will learn about your medical history, your current health status, and then examine your mouth. This examination will include a look over all hard (teeth) and soft (gums, tongue, cheeks) tissues of the mouth. Dr. Niles will record all findings, and then discuss with you what your current dental health condition is like. If needed, she will diagnose and present you with a treatment plan that she believes is best for you.
The Importance of Dental Exams for New Patients and Old
Regular dental exams are a crucial part of preventative health care. These exams are a critical part in evaluating your risk of developing oral health issues and checking your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities. These regular dental exams help protect your entire health — from your teeth to the rest of your body. Mayo Clinic explains that signs and symptoms of systemic diseases, like arthritis, lupus, and diabetes, can often show up in the mouth first. Further, if you have untreated oral infections, such as gum disease, studies have shown a link to an increased risk for cardiovascular health problems, like heart disease and stroke.
What you can expect:
Mayo Clinic lists out just exactly what you can expect during a full dental exam. Dr. Niles will:
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Go over your risk of tooth decay, root decay, gum and bone disease
- Examine your need for tooth restoration or replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- Remove stains or deposits on your teeth
- Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques that you can do at home
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Possible take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures
Further, during your appointment, our team will also learn about any current health problems or conditions you have. Additionally, it’s important that we know any medications that you currently take as some medications can affect your oral health and treatment plans.
Oral Cancer Screening
Another key part of a routine exam with Niles Family Dentistry is an oral cancer screening exam. More specifically, Dr. Niles will feel for any lumps or bumps, along with any irregular tissue cages in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. When looking over your mouth, Dr. Niels will also look for any sores or discolored tissue that could be signs of oral cancer or other issues.
Every routine appointment, which should be about every six months, also includes a professional cleaning. These dental cleanings typically take less than 30 minutes, and they help prevent excessive plaque buildup that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. A dental cleaning includes scaling and polishing to leave you with the best results.
Become a New Patient at Niles Family Dentistry
Dr. Ashley Niles and our team at Niles Family Dentistry invite you to make an appointment and become one of our valued patients today. Dr. Niles is committed to bringing you the best and most advanced dentistry out there. To learn more about Dr. Niles and our practice, click here or call us today at (720)-744-0001. We’re here for you — whether you’re a new patient or a regular, come see us soon!