Part of good oral care is visiting the dentist. The American Dental Association recommends getting seen by a dentist and undergoing a dental check-up at least twice a year or more depending on the condition of the oral health.
By visiting the dentist, early signs of tooth decay, gum diseases, and cancer can be detected and treated. A professional teeth cleaning will also be done to ensure that the mouth is free from harmful bacteria. It is essential to choose a dentist who understands your needs and knows how to help you.
At Hawaii Family Dental, our patients have been enjoying quality care by our friendly and trusted dentists and staff in our well-equipped dental office.
During your first visit, we will create your patient record through our comprehensive dental evaluation which will serve as our basis for your next visits.
Your first visit will include:
Health History. You will be asked to fill out a form regarding your health history. Please answer this form completely and honestly as it will be your dentist’s basis on how to best approach your oral-related problems. A disclosure of your medical and dental history is essential to ensure that the treatment will be safe and be done without complications. For adult patients, your blood pressure will also be checked and recorded to establish a baseline.
Examination and X-rays. Your dentist will check the different part of your oral cavity for any signs of abnormality.
An examination will include the check-up of the:
- Face and neck
- Jaw joints
- Lips, cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth, and the floor of the mouth
- Teeth alignment
- Signs of oral cancer
An X-ray will be taken to clearly see the details of the oral cavity that may have been missed during the check-up. Through the X-ray images, a clearer view of the oral cavity will be produced and signs of dental issues, especially deep-seated cavities.
- Treatment Plan. Following the review of your health history and the results of your check-up, your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan that will take into consideration your condition, your dental needs, and be based on your schedule and finances.
- Cleaning. Finally, your teeth will undergo a thorough cleaning to scrape off the plaque and tartar that have built up. The between and around of every tooth will then be flossed to remove all foreign particles before polishing them using a tooth polisher. By polishing the teeth, they are made smooth and shiny, lessening plaque buildup.