Maintaining optimal oral health requires more than just brushing and flossing. You need to visit a dental professional at least twice per year for a complete checkup and a professional cleaning.
A regular dental checkup is a routine visit that allows our experts to obtain a complete assessment of a patient’s current oral health. Our hygienists also provide a deeper cleaning than what can be accomplished at home with brushing and flossing. Regular checkups are recommended for all our patients, even if they are not actively experiencing any noticeable dental issues or problems. In fact, a patient is still advised to schedule a regular checkup at least once every six months if they have normal oral health. Rojas Family Dental is committed to providing the best regular checkups in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
By assessing the patient’s oral health, our experts can make professional suggestions on how they can improve it. Our practice offers in-house dental wellness plans that we encourage all our patients to ask us more about. Finding time for a regular checkup is made easier with our weekend appointments. Our goal is to work around your schedule so that you can stay on track with your busy lifestyle. Each regular checkup includes a professional cleaning, a full examination, digital X-rays and an oral cancer screening.
A professional cleaning is specifically designed to remove harmful tartar, bacteria and plaque from the mouth’s difficult-to-reach areas. We start a professional cleaning by using dental equipment to carefully scrape away any tartar, calculus and plaque that has accumulated upon the teeth. We then cleanse and polish the teeth to eliminate surface stains and bad breath. The process is highly effective, and it should offer the patient a sensation of oral freshness that lasts for many months.
A full examination is one of the most important parts of assessing a patient’s oral health. One of our experts will use a small mirror and light to check the teeth and gums from every possible angle. We will make note of any deterioration, decay or gum inflammation. These are all very important signs to look out for, as they suggest declining oral health. Our oral care team can then make recommendations for the patient based on the findings.
We take digital X-rays to look for any hidden problems or issues that may be present beneath the main oral surface. This process is completed using advanced digital radiography devices that provide clear images of the mouth’s oral structures. We can then upload the images to a monitor to easily share any findings. We make sure the patient is comfortable while X-rays are taken, and the entire process is usually completed in a matter of minutes. Some problems and issues that we often detect through digital X-rays include tooth decay, gum disease, jawbone deterioration, oral cysts and more.
Oral cancer is a very serious condition that can be life-threatening if it is not caught early enough. Our team always make sure to provide an oral cancer screening to make sure that the patient is not displaying any abnormal symptoms. This could include an unusual growth or lump. We check the lips, tongue, throat, gums and other soft oral tissues for anything that looks suspicious.