Comprehensive dental exam includes the following:

Examination of diagnostic x-ray (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, cysts, bone loss and other conditions

Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease and bad breath

Examination of tooth decay:  All tooth surfaces will be checked for tooth decay with special dental instruments

Examination of existing restorations:  Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer

Treatment Options:  Develop treatment plan and treatment options based on short term goal as well as long term goal for patients' dental needs and wants

Why is routine teeth cleaning so important and what happens during teeth cleaning appointment?

Photo: Comprehensive Preventive Care & Check UpHaving routine teeth cleaning is one of the most critical steps that you can take to preserve the health of your teeth as well as your gums.  Regular teeth cleaning can also help your teeth look whiter and brighter naturally.

During your dental cleaning appointment, the hygienist and Dr. Farahyar will use different dental instruments, floss, and polishing pastes designed specifically to clean teeth and gums, making sure to pay attention not just to the surfaces that are easy to see and access, but also areas that can be difficult to clean, including tight spaces between teeth and the area along and just below your gum line. 

As your cleaning progresses, the hygienist will take note of areas you might be missing with your at-home care routine.  At the end of your cleaning appointment, you'll be provided with tips and guidance that can help you to address these areas more effectively and keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible between office visits.

Once your teeth are clean, for some of individuals, we may apply topical Fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel and help prevent decay.

What is Fluoride and how does it work to help preventing cavities?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in water and Earth's crust. Fluoride integrates with tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to tooth decay.

Photo: Fighting Cavities