Dr. Schwartz provides a full range of general dentistry services from cleanings to fillings, crowns, and dentures. The office treats patients from teens through adulthood. Dr. Schwartz and his staff strive to develop a long-term relationship with patients based on mutual respect and honesty.
What can I expect during a general dental exam?
A comprehensive dental exam includes a professional dental cleaning during which our hygienist will remove tartar and plaque, and polish your teeth. The exam focuses on several aspects of your dental health:
- X-rays are used to examine tooth decay, bone loss, or any cysts or tumors that might be located in the gum or jaw.
- An oral cancer screening is typically where we look for any signs of cancer in the mouth, tongue, gums, throat, or neck.
- We look for signs of gum (periodontal) disease.
- Beyond the x-ray, we look for any signs of tooth decay or cavities by examining the teeth with special instruments.
- Finally, a general dental exam includes an evaluation of any restorations, such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, to make sure they are in good condition.
How often should I see the dentist?
For most patients, it is recommended that they have a comprehensive dental exam every six months, although x-rays are only recommended every two to three years.
What if I have a fear of going to the dentist?
We have a number of strategies to keep patients comfortable. We begin with being honest about what they can expect from their visit. Good communication and setting expectations can help most patients feel more at ease. We work very hard to treat patients as we ourselves would want to be treated.
What can I do to keep my teeth healthy?
A healthy smile starts at home with regular brushing and flossing. In addition, patients should eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid foods and beverages with high amounts of sugar and/or acid. Patients should also avoid tobacco use.