During your first visit to our office, Dr. Clifton Baldwin and our staff will perform a detailed dental exam. Most likely, x-rays will be taken, and Dr. Baldwin or a hygienist will evaluate your general oral health.
At this visit you can expect:
X-Ray Evaluation: X-rays are taken for several reasons, but the main purpose is to inform Dr. Baldwin and you of the condition of your mouth. Possible bone loss, tooth decay, and tumors can be easily spotted with x-rays. Knowing the condition and position of your roots and teeth will also help to know how to proceed further in caring for your smile.
Gum Disease Evaluation: Your dental hygienist and Dr. Baldwin will also check your gums and the bones around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Oral Cancer Screening: You will be checked for oral cancer in your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and the tissues and gums inside your mouth.
Examination of Tooth Decay: Dr. Baldwin and our staff will also look for any signs of tooth decay using specialized instruments.
Examination of Existing Dental Work: Any previous fillings, crowns, or other treatments will also be checked during this visit to make sure that they are still in good condition.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Even if you brush and floss every day, it is still important to get a dental cleaning twice a year to reach those areas in your mouth that you simply can’t at home. Our dental hygienists usually perform all of the cleanings with Dr. Baldwin’s direction.
A cleaning will typically include:
Removal of Calculus (Tartar): Calculus is plaque on your teeth that has hardened. It becomes firmly attached to your teeth and that is why it needs to be removed at a dental cleaning. This removal can only be done with special dental tools.
Removal of Plaque: In order to avoid possible periodontal disease, plaque will also need to be removed. Plaque can be described as a sticky film that forms on your teeth that allows bacteria, food debris, and saliva to gradually build up. This can then lead to the gums becoming inflamed and infected because of the toxins released by the bacteria.
Teeth Polishing: Once most of the tartar and plaque buildup has been removed, your teeth will be polished to remove stains and any remaining plaque.
Want to Know More?
These procedures are essential to your oral health, and with just two of them each year, we can save you from having to get time consuming and potentially expensive treatments in the future.
If you’d like to know more about these fantastic treatments or if you are ready to make an appointment, please contact our office today. Dr. Baldwin and our team are ready to serve patients from Spring, Klein, Avonak, and Tomball, TX!