Preventative Dental Care
At the first exam, Dr. McCue will take a detailed look at your teeth and gums to look for signs of infection, decay, chipping or breaking teeth, and tooth position problems. After looking at your x-rays, Dr. McCue will make sure there aren’ any issues to worry about and will record in detail any work you had previously done. At McCue Dental Health we may do things a bit differently to be sure we’re treating you the best we can, so you can also expect to have some photos taken of different areas of your mouth to help document and understand your situation. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you have with your dentist, whether it’s a tooth that hurts or just one you wish were a little straighter!
Periodic Exam (Checkup)
During this exam, Dr. McCue will review any changes to your medical history, your diagnostic x-rays, and the current condition of your teeth, gums, joint and jaw muscles. This is an opportunity every 3-6 months to discuss anything new that you’ve noticed about your teeth.
Your hygienist will remove dental plaque bacteria and stain from your gums and teeth. This helps to prevent dental cavities and gum disease as well as keep your smile clean and bright.
These pictures help Dr. McCue examine the 1/3 of your tooth surface that is invisible during your exam. X-rays are extremely important to your dental health to help find cavities hiding between your teeth while they are small. This helps to prevent more painful and costly problems with your teeth down the road.
Fluoride has been endorsed by the American Dental Association and other healthcare research as an effective way to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. At McCue Dental Health, we highly recommend using fluoride toothpaste. For those with higher rates of dental decay or difficulty with hard to reach areas, it is also helpful to have a fluoride treatment applied to your teeth during your cleanings.