Have you had a dental checkup and cleaning performed in the last six months? If not, you shouldn’t delay your next appointment at Weldon Dental of Rome. While Dr. Weldon can treat cavities and gum disease, it’s always better to prevent these oral health issues from happening at all. A preventative check up can help us identify any concerns as early as possible so that they can be treated more easily and cost effectively. Call us today to set up an appointment for preventive dentistry in Rome, GA to keep your smile functional and beautiful!
At your biannual checkups, our team will look for signs of damage, decay, or disease throughout your mouth, including an oral cancer screening. Digital X-rays will be taken at least once a year so that we can check for damage in the parts of the mouth that are hidden from the naked eye. Intraoral photographs will be made as needed and possible treatment options will be suggested, depending on symptoms and findings. Then one of our experienced hygienists will clean your teeth, removing the bacteria that has accumulated in the spots you’ve missed with your toothbrush, leaving your mouth with that fresh, smooth “just been to the dentist” feeling we all love.
The properties of fluoride make it essential for protecting and strengthening the enamel – and therefore preventing cavities. You can find fluoride in most forms of public drinking water as well as many of the foods you eat on a regular basis, but we encourage additional cavity protection in the form of a fluoride treatment. We can quickly apply a thin layer of fluoride varnish to your teeth at the end of a regular checkup, making your smile even safer in the following months. Plus, with the latest formulations, there is no waiting to eat or drink after your appointment (yay!)
It can be hard to keep the molars clean due to their location near the back of the mouth and the various grooves on their chewing surfaces (this is especially the case for children who are still mastering the use of their toothbrushes). For anyone who needs extra help keeping certain areas of the mouth clean, we can apply a thin layer of plastic, called a sealant, to these at-risk teeth. By closing off the pits and fissures, we can prevent bacteria and food particles from getting caught in the tooth, making it easier to keep the area as clean as possible.
Gum disease and tooth decay are the main oral health issues that we keep an eye out for during your dental examinations, but we also have the opportunity to identify symptoms for other conditions as well. Your oral health is part of your overall health! We will check for any lumps, discolored patches, and other signs that can point to oral cancer. About 53,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and those who are diagnosed early tend to have simpler treatment needs and live longer, which is why we go the extra mile to check for warning signs at every checkup.
Do you put a lot of thought into the oral hygiene products you buy, or do you just grab the first brand you see? Not all toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouthwashes are alike. We encourage you to ask us about the kinds of dental products we use at our dental office, such as our Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes. In addition to explaining our own preferences, we can also give you a few recommendations for oral care products that you can pick up at the grocery or drug store.