Teeth 101: What You Should Know

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Dentist?

You may wish to consider several dentists before making your decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if this is the right dentist for you.

Consider the following:
– Is the appointment schedule convenient?
– Is the office easy to get to and close by?
– Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
– Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
– Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
– Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
– Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?

BUT My Teeth Feel Fine...

All right, but how do they look? A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth.

Along with regular oral care and checkups, today’s dentists offer many choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
– professional teeth whitening
– fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
– tooth replacement

What Happens At A Dental Visit?

At your checkup, you will receive a thorough cleaning and an oral exam by the dentist. During the oral exam, the dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the dentist also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack. Dr. B or one of his team members will use our state of the art intraoral camera to take snap shots of any dental concerns that are evident. It makes it much easy to understand the urgency when you see a picture.

How Often Should I See A Dentist?

Most patients need a cleaning and evaluation every 6 months. Low radiation x rays are usually taken once a year unless otherwise indicated. It is very important to see Dr. Benton and his hygienist routinely.

By seeing Dr. Benton and staff at least twice a year, they can:
– check for problems that you might not see or feel
– find early signs of decay
– treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable.
– Decrease your chance of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other detrimental common diseases.