Regular Exams & Cleanings

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Dr. Pinto believes the primary goal of dentistry is to stop dental problems from occurring in the first place. By regularly visiting our general dentistry office for check up exams, we can help to prevent cavities in teeth and gum disease from developing.

During your dental exam, Dr. Pinto will:

  • Check for any dental problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Conduct an oral cancer screening, which involves the examination of your oral cavity to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, Dr. Pinto will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities
  • Provide a thorough teeth cleaning

Here are a few simple ways you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities.

By making your oral health a daily priority you can actually help
promote low cost dental care in your future

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also, be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep your breath fresh!
  2. Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  3. Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods, such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can help keep your smile healthy. Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  4. If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouth guards designed to protect your smile.
If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our dentist office and schedule your next appointment!
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