Family Dentistry Specialist
Family Dentistry FAQs
H and M Family Dentistry in Aurora, CO, is a top-ranked provider of comprehensive family dental care for patients of all ages. From dental cleanings and preventive care to restorations and cosmetic treatments, H and M Family Dentistry helps every patient receive treatment optimized for their specific needs and goals.
What happens during a dental checkup?
Dental check-ups begin with a review of any issues or concerns the patient might have, followed by a visual examination of the teeth and soft tissue. The dentist or hygienist will clean the teeth using special rotary brushes and mild abrasives to gently remove superficial stains as well as built-up plaque and tartar on the tooth surfaces and along the gum line, taking note of any areas that need additional attention so the home care routine can be improved. Dental x-rays may be performed following the cleaning. Next, the dentist will examine each tooth individually, looking for cavities or other issues that need to be treated. An oral cancer screening will be performed, carefully examining the palate, tongue and other soft tissues to look for signs like white patches, lumps or swelling that need further evaluation. Finally, the dentist will review the results of your evaluation and discuss any treatment recommendations.
How often should I see the dentist?
Patients of all ages - including kids with baby teeth and patients with complete upper and lower dentures - need to see the dentist every six months to provide an ongoing record of their care that can aid in identifying problems in their early stages and to screen for issues like gum disease, infections, and oral cancer. Seeing a dentist every six months is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your oral health and the oral health of your kids.
Do I really need x-rays?
Yes, having x-rays on a regular basis is important for identifying issues that could be developing under the gums in areas that can’t be examined with a routine checkup and evaluation. X-rays provide information about the tooth roots, the jaw bone and in children, developing teeth.
What if I just have a tiny crack or cavity?
Any type of dental issue no matter how “small” needs to be addressed right away. That’s because even a tiny cavity, crack or chip can allow disease- and decay-causing bacteria to enter and cause far more extensive damage that can be much more difficult and costly to repair. Some relatively minor issues can be treated during a routine dental checkup while others may require a second appointment to correct.