The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends adults, teens, and children receive in-office dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Here in Eau Claire, WI, your dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, sees the value in this preventive service and so will you. Learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life.
What happens during a regular dental visit
These appointments are incredibly simple, yet effective, steps to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. This is because oral health problems are best treated in their earliest stages when they are small, uncomplicated, and inexpensive.
Each visit starts with a hygienic cleaning. During this step, your hygienist will scale your teeth with small handheld instruments, removing the sticky plaque deposits and hard calculus (tartar) which are inroads for decay and gum disease.
Following this, she'll measure your gum pockets and check the condition of any fillings, crowns, or other restorations. Digital X-rays are also often taken to examine your bone structure, assess dental alignment, and look for hidden decay.
Accordingly, Dr. Poss will review your medical history and prescriptions and ask you about any areas of concern. He'll inspect your teeth and gums carefully for any irregularities, including:
- Poor dental bite
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
- Failing or missing restorations
After your exam, Dr. Poss will present a treatment plan customized to your needs. He'll address any immediate problems and also recommend ways to improve your at-home care and reach your cosmetic goals.
A word on oral cancer
At our Eau Claire, office, your dentist and his team are on the front lines in the war against oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that about 53,000 Americans receive this cancer diagnosis annually. Undetected, oral cancer can be deadly. However, when found early, survival rates soar.
Dr. Poss visually inspects all your soft oral tissues, including under the tongue and at the back of the throat. He palpates or feels, the lymph nodes in your neck, as well. This check-up is quite simple, and when performed regularly, it yields invaluable information.
Your routine examination
Please contact your dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, for a routine exam and cleaning in his Eau Claire office. You'll be so glad you did. A healthy smile is invaluable. Phone us at (715) 833-2223.