Checkups Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

In addition to proper at-home hygiene, routine dental checkups are the best way to maintain and safeguard your oral health. At Philadelphia Dental in South Philly, the oral health experts provide routine dental checkups to help patients address their oral health needs. To schedule your next checkup, book an appointment by phone at the Philadelphia office or online today.

Checkups Q & A

What is a checkup?

A dental checkup gives your dentist the opportunity to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. Checkups involve two main parts, the exam, and the cleaning. During the exam part of your checkup at Philadelphia Dental, your dentist performs a number of evaluations to get an idea of your overall oral health. Depending on when you had your last visit, your checkup can involve:

Gum disease evaluation

During this part of your checkup, your dentist checks your gums for periodontal disease. Healthy gums are essential to the structure and stability of your teeth.

Examination of tooth decay

Tooth decay is a very common oral health issue that can result in pain, infection, and tooth loss. To perform this essential part of your checkup, your dentist closely examines the surface of your teeth for any signs of tooth decay.

Diagnostic X-rays

X-rays are another essential part of your dental checkup at Philadelphia Dental. Using X-rays, your doctor is able to get a detailed view of the structure of your teeth and jaw and accurately detect signs of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.

Dental cleaning

Following the exam of your oral health, your dentist or hygienist may also perform a dental cleaning. To perform your dental cleaning, they use special dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, as well as below the gum line. They’ll finish up by polishing your teeth to smoothen the surface of the teeth and remove any residual plaque.

Why are dental checkups important?

Routine dental checkups at Philadelphia Dental allow you and your dentist to stay on top of your personal oral health. The exam and cleaning are essential to safeguarding you against concerns like periodontal disease. Checkups are also important because they allow your dentist to detect and treat tooth decay as early as possible. If allowed to persist, oral health conditions like periodontal disease and tooth decay can result in pain, infection, and tooth loss.

What should I do between checkups?

The Philadelphia Dental team recommend regular dental checkups every six months. To maintain your oral health between those visits, it's important that you take proper care of your teeth and gums. When plaque is allowed to build up, it becomes tartar, which undoubtedly leads to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing helps you keep your breath fresh and prevents plaque from building up.

Receive your next checkup from one of the oral health experts at Philadelphia Dental by calling the office or booking an appointment online.