Preventive Dentistry in Stone Mountain
Atlanta Dental Team Stone Mountain puts a strong emphasis on preventive dentistry. We believe in routine visits to our Stone Mountain dental practice to prevent tooth decay, pain and discomfort. Brushing and flossing is very important; however, routine cleanings, x-rays and dental exams can identify future problems or areas of concern.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
Dental cleanings are dreaded by some patients but for most, teeth cleaning is simple and painless. Our team of dental hygienists are experienced and trained to make sure your teeth are cleaned properly with comfort and care.
During your cleaning, a physical exam is performed by the dental hygienist. They will exam the entire mouth using gloved hands, a small mirror and hygiene tools or equipment. The hygienist will look for signs of gingivitis or inflamed gums, tooth decay, and other areas of concern.
Removal of Plaque and Tartar
The dental hygienist will use a small mirror and scaler tool to remove plaque and tartar in between the teeth and gums. While bushing and flossing limits plaque from forming into tartar, once you have tartar, you can only have it removed by the dental hygienist.
Once the plaque and tartar are removed, the hygienist will use a gritty toothpaste to brush each tooth using our in-office electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush makes a high-pitched sound is a familiar sound in the dental office but it is not a drill.
To finish, the hygienist will floss each tooth and discuss your flossing technique at home. Flossing removes any leftover particles and keeps the teeth and gums healthy.
The final step of the teeth cleaning process is the application for fluoride to the teeth. Fluoride is used to protect the teeth and fight against cavities, in between cleanings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are performed by the dentist to look for signs of cancer or precancerous changes in the mouth. The goal of the oral cancer screening to identify cancer early, when the greatest chance of treatment or cures are possible.
Patients who smoke or drink alcohol excessively have a higher risk to developing oral cancer. While not smoking or drinking excessively will not eliminate the chance of oral cancer, it will reduce the additional risks.
Digital Imaging or X-Rays
Dental X-rays are used to help the dentist detect damage, decay or disease not visible during a normal dental exam. X-rays should be taken as frequently as necessary to document the present status of a patient’s oral health and and to identify changes that may occur later. Generally, a new set of x-rays is needed every six months to annually.
If your previous dentist has x-rays of your teeth, we would love to have copies for your patient file. Please ask your dentist to email them to our offices.