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Dental Exams & Cleanings

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr Toppi at your child's initial dental visit.  Depending on your child's age, the following will also be included:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions, as well as the developing adult teeth.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check your child's current fillings, crowns, etc., if they have any.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed if your child is not at a pre-cooperative age.  Your child's initial visit and future check-up appointments will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
  • Removal of Calculus (Tartar), if present: This is the hard build up that forms when plaque is not brushed off of the teeth

 

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