Routine Dental Checkups
Routine dental checkups are crucial to good oral hygiene. Dental Cleanings and x-rays, which are a part of a routine exam, are the best way to detect dental problems in their early stages and can prevent discomfort, time and money.
Ritter Family Dentistry recommends a dental checkup every six months. However, based on age and the health of your moth may recommend checkups more or less frequently.
When you come in for a routine dental exam we will perform a visual examination to check the health of your gums, each tooth is examined for cracked or decayed teeth. We will look at any fillings, crowns, and bridges to ensure they are not showing signs of wear. We check your gums for signs of periodontal disease.
X-Rays are done to check for problems cavities and the buildup of tarter and plaque that happen above the gum line. Dental x-rays also allow us to check the tooth and bone integrity, ensure early detection of potential problems such as bone loss, tumors, or cysts.
Your routine cleaning includes:
- Plaque Removal which removes the film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and produces toxins that inflame gums and lead to periodontal disease.
- Calculus Removal which removes the calculus (or tartar) which forms as plaque hardens on the tooth surface.
- Tooth Polishing where we brush the surfaces of the teeth to remove stains and polish the surface of the teeth.
Gingival Pocket Exams
During your routine dental exam we may perform a gingival pocket exam where we measure the distance between your tooth and the gum tissue that surrounds it.
Food and other bebris naturally collect inside this pocket and is removed by normal brushing and flossing. If not removed, damaging bacteria penetrate the gumline and deepen the pocket which leads to gun disease.
Ritter Family Dentistry makes custom-fitted mouth guards. We make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Custom mouth guards provide you with the most comfort and protection over store bought mouth guards.