Ithaca dental examHealthy teeth are the cornerstones of every beautiful smile. By building superb oral health, you create teeth that will last a lifetime. Great oral hygiene can even help keep your smile white and full. If you’re hoping to stay on top of your dental care, preventive dentistry is the right path.

What is Preventive Dentistry?

A preventive dental care program is a cooperative effort by you, Dr. Singh, and Tompkins Dental’s staff. When working as a team, we’re able to prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental problems. Preventing disease starts at home. Your teeth depend on you practicing great oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and treating them with care. If you ever have questions about your cleaning habits or tooth-healthy foods, contact us.

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Your home prevention is augmented by regular dental exams. Every time you visit our office, you give us the opportunity to check on your oral hygiene, spot dental problems before they become serious, and evaluate your overall health.

Your exam will involve:

  1. Visual examination of your teeth – We will look for signs of tooth decay, oral cancer, gum disease, or other abnormalities. With the aid of x-rays, we’ll be able to spot early signs of problems in every area of your mouth.
  2. Diagnostic x-rays – We will take a full mouth series of x-rays at your initial visit, then follow up with bite-wing x-rays every 6-12 months. Tompkins Dental offers digital x-rays to make the detection process safer for our patients. These x-rays expose patients to 80-90% less radiation than standard x-ray imaging, and are more easily shared and enhanced for coordination of treatment.
  3. Teeth cleaning – Our dental hygienists will carefully remove calculus and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Preventing plaque buildup helps stop cavities and gum disease before they can take hold.
  4. Teeth polishing – After your teeth have been cleaned, we’ll polish the surfaces to provide brightness and shine.

Oral Cancer Screening

Ithaca oral cancer screeningWe now offer oral cancer screenings with the VELscope Vx. This technology allows for comfortable, efficient screenings that reveal potentially cancerous tissues in their earliest stages of development. If you fall into an oral cancer risk category, it’s a good idea to receive a screening at each of your dental exams. Let us know if you have any questions about screening at your next appointment.

It’s never too early to schedule your next exam! We look forward to seeing you.