Dental visits should be scheduled on a regular basis, not just when you sense you have a problem that needs to be addressed. At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY, we believe prevention is an important part of regular dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Marianna Farber. We recommend annual dental examinations and biannual cleanings for our patients of all ages. These appointments allow our professional staff to detect dental issues before there is a need for costly and extensive dental treatments.
Why dental exams are important
During a dental exam at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, we look at more than just your teeth. We examine our patients for mouth cancer by checking for lumps in the head or neck and sores inside the mouth. Detecting these issues early has been proven to save lives. During an exam, our job isn’t simply to solve dental issues, but to prevent them from occurring at all. When it comes to oral health in New York City, we are proactive in catching potential issues early on.
What happens during a routine dental exam?
During your appointment, experienced professional Dr. Marianna Farber will perform your dental examination. She will ask questions to learn about your oral health and any medications you take, if you smoke, allergies you have, and other medical factors that may affect your health. Dr. Farber may also want to know about any past dental procedures or surgeries you’ve had and your experience with anesthesia.
Dr. Farber will examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth. X-rays will allow her to detect any abnormalities she can’t see with her own eyes. As mentioned above, an oral cancer screening will be conducted, as an early diagnosis makes this type of cancer easier to treat. Next, a dental cleaning will be performed by a dental hygienist. During the cleaning, tartar is removed from the teeth and under the gums. After tartar is scraped away, the teeth are polished. The hygienist can also recommend brushing and flossing techniques to help you to maintain good oral hygiene at home.
After the cleaning is finished, Dr. Farber will discuss any problems she has detected and offer her treatment recommendations tailored to your oral health needs.
Oral hygiene tips
There are many oral hygiene techniques that can be performed at home to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. The experienced team at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry can provide professional advice on the best practices to use for brushing and flossing. Here are some tips on how to take care of your teeth:
Brush properly: Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle and use back-and-forth strokes across the sides of the teeth, focusing on the gumline. Brush for at least two minutes twice a day. Set a timer on your phone to give yourself the time you need to thoroughly clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar.
Choose the right toothbrush: Dental professionals suggest using a small or medium-sized toothbrush that is compact enough to reach into the crevices of the teeth, including the molars.
Floss: Floss at least once a day. Use a forward or backward “C-shape” motion while wrapping the floss around each tooth, top and bottom.
Use mouthwash: A cavity-fighting mouthwash will help prevent gingivitis.
Use a tongue scraper: Bacteria may still remain on the tongue after brushing. Scraping the tongue rids the mouth of all bacteria and helps to keep your breath fresh.
By following these dental hygiene tips, you can ensure that you’re doing your part to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible at home.
Take care of your teeth regularly
A routine dental exam allows you to take care of your teeth as well as your overall health. At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY, Dr. Marianna Farber provides professional dental exams to patients of all ages. Our experienced staff actively promotes good oral hygiene to our patients to help prevent tooth decay and future dental issues. To schedule a dental exam, call our New York City office today and start your journey to a clean and healthy smile.