Your Oral Hygiene Is Important!
At Legacy West Dental, Oral Hygiene is considered highly necessary because it can help remove bacteria from your mouth. Bacteria, when left untreated, can form plaque and, ultimately, increase the risk of gingivitis, which is a form of gum disease and periodontal disease. We believe that good, routine self-care and regular check-ups can help your oral health be long-lasting, preventing many ailments such as gum inflammation, infections, tooth decay, and, in some cases, tooth loss.
First Step: Dental Exam
Dental exams give us the opportunity to review your current oral health and examine how you approach dental care. We will offer suggested options for your ongoing care to help prevent cavities and gum disease. Dental exams also help our dentists discover problems early, thus allowing treatment to occur in a more timely manner.
Dental Exam Frequency
At Legacy West Dental, we typically have patients return for a routine dental exam every six months. For your optimal care, our dentists or staff might recommend more frequent exams. The factors taken into consideration would be smoking, general health, how frequently you present with cavities, and current diagnosis of tooth or root decay and gum disease. Your input on the frequency of all dental care will be considered.
What to Expect in Our Dental Exam
Your dental exam will be a comfortable and thorough experience at Legacy West Dental. We will conduct a leading-edge dental cleaning. In the cleaning, we will remove any tartar, often called calculus. We will remove any stains that have accumulated over time and clean all areas and surfaces in the mouth. We will conduct an x-ray, which will allow for a more comprehensive look at your oral health and help our staff recognize and identify any current or potential problem areas. We will ask for your input, as well, throughout our diagnostic process. We might ask about how you brush your teeth, how often, and for how long. Or, we might ask if you regularly floss your teeth. We could ask if you are currently using a fluoride-enriched toothpaste. Our staff will also take the time to demonstrate proper dental care and offer tips toward better dental care for you.
Preparing for Our Dental Exam
We always say at Legacy West Dental that the best way to plan for good dental health is to “PLAN GOOD DENTAL HEALTH.” That means you must take an active role in your oral health by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily when possible. To best prepare for the exam, it is a good idea to clean your teeth well prior to coming to your visit. This will clearly expose all problematic areas in your mouth for our staff. Also remember to bring all relevant documentation and medical history our staff might need. Remember, we are here to serve you, and we will always hold your privacy and comfort to the highest level. It is our greatest desire for you to feel at home for all your dental needs at Legacy West Dental.