Riverdale Dental Associates is your premier source for the best in dentistry. Our Verandah dentist specializes in cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry in a family friendly atmosphere. We believe an annual cleaning and dental exam is an important part of one’s oral hygiene regimen in order to prevent future dental issues from becoming a problem. Because food and bacteria can get trapped in between teeth and gums, brushing, flossing and annual cleanings are the best route to healthy teeth.
Your first oral exam will include a full checkup of the mouth, teeth gums and surrounding structures. A complete oral health baseline will be established first to pinpoint the source of any problems. We also try to catch current problems or conditions right away so they can be treated immediately. Your exam also includes a check for periodontal disease and a bite occlusion analysis. Periodontal disease is a common oral condition that thousands of Americans have without even knowing it. When food and bacteria get caught in between the gums and teeth, it creates a tough substance called plaque and tartar over the tooth that can lead to gum disease. It damages the tooth’s enamel and causes swollen and inflamed gums. The most common form of gum disease is known as gingivitis. During your exam at our dental office in Knollwood we will check for gingivitis and treat it properly if needed. Mild forms of gingivitis can be reversed with an oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing.
More severe forms of gingivitis may be treated with a deep cleaning or scaling. Our dental office in Knollwood performs this procedure in just one easy visit. The deep cleaning can get into the pockets of the gum where bacteria and plaque hides, and where regular brushing and cleanings alone cannot get to. The deep cleaning allows us to scrape off the tartar hiding under the gums, which can lead to serious problems such as tooth decay or tooth loss. Should the problem get worse, a root canal may be recommended to clean out the decayed tooth pulp inside the tooth and seal the area.