Consider Dental Exams and Cleanings for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
Flossing and brushing your teeth daily is the first defense against bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. However, your dental care hygiene is only complete with routine dental check-ups and cleanings. Even if you are meticulous with at-home dental care, you can never be thorough enough to clean all the surfaces of your mouth. Routine dental check-ups complement what you do at home for an all-rounded dental care routine.
Are you due for a dental exam in Riverside, California? Please book an appointment with Neal Edwards DDS. Our dental team looks forward to taking care of your smile and that of your loved ones.
What to expect during dental check-ups
It’s easy to tell when you have a visible dental cavity or an obvious tooth crack. However, some dental issues aren’t that apparent. For instance, impacted wisdom teeth, hidden cavities, or gum disease may escape your notice, hence the need for an experienced dentist to examine your mouth.
We recommend seeing a dentist at least twice a year. However, if you are at risk of cavities and gum disease, you should see a dentist sooner. During a dental exam, you should expect the following:
- Visual dental examination: Dr. Neal Edwards inspects your mouth with an intra-oral camera or small mirror to look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and failing dental work. Dr. Edwards would recommend corrective treatment if we find you have dental problems
- Digital X-rays: Digital X-rays detect hidden cavities, bone loss, jaw misalignment, cysts, tumors, and other abnormalities. Modern X-rays are safe, and you should have them every few years to keep your dental health in great shape
- Oral cancer screening: Our dental team examines your lips, gums, tongue, neck, and throat to look out for patches, sores, lumps, and other abnormalities that could indicate the presence of oral cancer. Should we find abnormalities, we recommend a biopsy to confirm or rule out oral cancer
- Dental cleaning: We complete your dental exam by performing a professional cleaning (oral prophylaxis). Dental cleaning eliminates plaque and tartar (calculus) build-up in your mouth to prevent tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. After scraping away calculus build-up, we floss and polish your teeth to remove surface tooth stains for a stunning smile
Want to take control of your dental health in Riverside, CA? Call Neal Edwards DDS, at (951) 614-0033 to schedule your dental check-ups and cleanings.