Dr. Patrick F. McEvoy provides dental cleanings and exams to help prevent oral health issues and ensure that serious conditions do not go untreated. Dr. McEvoy recommends that patients of all ages schedule dental cleanings and exams every six months at our office in Mountain View, CA. Routine cleanings and exams are important for patients of all ages, from about age three. When left untreated or undetected, dental problems will only worsen, and they may advance to the point that they require expensive treatments and procedures.
Importance of Routine Care
Children should have their first dental exam within six months after the first tooth erupts, which usually occurs around age four to six months. In children and teens, routine cleanings and exams can help instill good oral health habits, which can go a long way in preventing disease throughout life. Our dentist can also identify orthodontic issues in adolescents and teens. For adults and seniors, cleanings and exams help prevent disease, which can result in patients keeping their natural teeth for as long as possible.
Your Hygienic Dental Cleaning
Your teeth will be cleaned by one of our skilled dental hygienists. We will remove plaque and tarter from your teeth with manual or ultrasonic scaling, as well as flossing. In addition, we will measure the depth of any periodontal pockets, which are open pockets between the teeth and gums. Depth of .3 millimeters or greater indicate gum disease, which requires periodontal treatment.
Access to excellent dental products for home use, in addition to professional dental care, has led to patients retaining their healthy, natural teeth longer than previous generations.
Gum disease is the leading reason for adult tooth loss in our nation. It has also been linked to systemic health conditions, including (but not limited to) heart attacks, respiratory conditions, low-weight births, diabetes complications, cognitive disorders, and other serious health problems. Early signs of gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) may include redness, swelling, tenderness, or pus at the base of teeth. Some patients do not notice any symptoms, and are completely unaware that their gums are infected. Treating gum disease early is an important strategy to reduce your risk for these concerns.
Your Dental Exam
Once your teeth have been cleaned, Dr. McEvoy will perform a comprehensive dental examination. He will check your teeth for cavities, enamel wear, restorations that need replacement, and any other concerns. The doctor may order x-rays to evaluate what he cannot see with the naked eye, such as teeth roots and jawbone density. He’ll examine your soft oral tissues, head, and neck for signs of oral cancer, and your jaws for the presence of TMJ disorder. Early detection of disease and other serious conditions allows for effective, less invasive treatment options.
Maintaining good oral health with daily home care, plus regular cleanings and exams, can help you maintain good overall health, fresh breath, and a brilliant smile. Access to excellent dental products for home use, in addition to professional dental care, has led to patients retaining their healthy, natural teeth longer than previous generations.
Regular dental cleanings and exams are critical to good oral health and the prevention or early detection of diseases, such as gum disease and oral cancer. We offer a full range of preventive dental care, so if it’s been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning and exam, contact us today to schedule your next appointment.