Preventive Dentistry in Wauwatosa
Get a Comprehensive Exam
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!
Schedule your 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.
Get your X-Rays
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.
The Benefits Of Preventative Dentistry
Coming to a dentist like Dr. McCue for preventative care has a number of great benefits, including:
- Catch oral health issues early – Preventative care allows Dr. McCue to identify any potential oral health issues, and provide you with the proper treatment. For example, minor tooth decay can often be treated with a fluoride treatment and proper oral hygiene, eliminating the need for a filling or crown later down the road. The same is true of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, proper oral care can eliminate the infection altogether and ensure your mouth is not permanently damaged by gum disease.
- Save time and money – In the long run, coming to a dentist for preventative care will save you both time and money. Treatments like fillings, crowns, root canals and periodontal care can be very expensive. In contrast, a six-month oral exam and teeth cleaning is very affordable. If you have dental insurance, you may even be able to get an oral exam every six months without paying anything out-of-pocket.
- Keep your smile looking great – Even if you brush and floss properly at home, plaque and tartar can build up on your smile and affect how it looks. When you come in for a preventative appointment, we can scrape away plaque and tartar, and buff your teeth with a special polishing toothpaste, which keeps your smile looking great and ensures that your mouth stays healthy.
The Importance of a Dental Home
A “dental home” is an office like McCue Dental Health, where you and your family can get all-in-one treatment, including preventative care, restorative care, cosmetic treatments and more.
Seeing the same dentist for preventative care regularly has a number of benefits. Over time, Dr. McCue will become more familiar with your particular oral health needs and be able to provide customized care. In addition, he can track the health of your mouth over a longer period of time to identify any potential issues that may need to be addressed.
You’ll also be able to develop a personal relationship with your dentist, which will help you feel more comfortable during your appointments and give you more flexibility when it comes to scheduling appointments and after-hours care.
How Often Should I See the Dentist?
No matter how old you are, you should see the dentist every six months for an oral exam and teeth cleaning. If you have gum disease, you may need to see Dr. McCue every three months for a deep cleaning to ensure that your gums remain healthy.
Coming in every six months for preventive care helps you avoid any potential oral health issues like gum disease and cavities. If you wait a year or longer between each appointment, it may be too late to prevent these kinds of issues, so make sure you always make an appointment every six months at McCue Dental Health.