Routine Dental Exams in Monroe, NC
A visit to Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Monroe, NC is bound to be unlike any other visit to the dentist. Dr. Leonard Hess stresses the importance of a comprehensive evaluation to screen for dental problems like tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and occlusal disease.
Identifying problems in the earliest stages allows the dentist to recommend the most conservative treatment options. We want to save you from potentially uncomfortable and expensive procedures. We can also offer you more accurate treatment options by providing these extra screenings as part of your routine dental exam.
Our goal is to provide the most effective and appropriate treatments that will solve your unique dental issues, and get you back to your life with a healthy smile. Dr. Hess provides general dentistry options to Monroe, NC.
A routine visit to the Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry will include:
- Thorough teeth cleaning performed by a dental hygienist
- Digital dental x-rays
- Oral cancer screening
- Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
- Occlusal analysis to check jaw joints and bite alignment
- One-on-one consultation with dentist to discuss concerns, goals, and treatment options
Dental Health Tips
The American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and Dr. Hess offer these dental health tips to keep your smile healthy and bright:
- Floss daily – this is the single most important factor in preventing gum disease. Flossing dislodges debris from the crevasses of your teeth. Debris that is not removed harbors bacteria and plaque that eats away at tooth enamel.
- Brush two times a day – spend two to three minutes brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If your gums bleed during toothbrushing, try brushing more gently with a new soft-bristled toothbrush. If this does not help, talk to your dentist about bleeding gums.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. A fresh brush helps keep your mouth free from harmful bacteria.
- Avoid sugary drinks – but if you do enjoy them, use a straw to minimize the risk of developing cavities.
- Limit or eliminate carbonated beverages. Moderation is key to a healthy overall body.
- Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol. This element helps clean the mouth and increase saliva production. Although, sugarless gum DOES NOT replace toothbrushing.
- Visit the dentist at least once every six months. This, along with brushing and flossing at least twice a day, will almost guarantee that you won’t develop oral health issues.
Teeth Cleaning Cost and Dental Insurance
To make your family dentist visit as easy and stress-free as possible, we provide a number of financial services. Many of our patients have dental insurance. As a courtesy, we will submit your dental insurance paperwork for you with the reimbursement to be sent directly to you from the insurance company.
If you do not have dental insurance or if dental insurance will not cover your treatment, you may qualify for interest-free financing.
Routine Dental Care FAQs
Everyone needs routine dental care to maintain optimal oral health. Read on to learn more about routine dental care with answers to these commonly asked questions.
What does routine dental care entail?
Routine dental care means that you’re coming into the office for checkups and cleanings, even without any pressing dental problems. Just because you don’t notice any direct oral health problems doesn’t mean that you don’t need to go to the dentist. Routine care helps prevent dental problems and discover others before they become serious issues.
Which is better, an electric or a manual toothbrush?
Both are effective for proper oral care as long as you’re using them properly. Electric toothbrushes are ideal for those with limited mobility and can be better for those with orthodontic appliances. Some have built-in timers, too, to ensure you’re brushing for the proper length of time. Manual toothbrushes are more easily accessible and affordable, so they’re good for everyone.
Does bristle hardness matter?
Yes. You may see bristles at the store that are soft, medium, and firm. And you may think that firm bristles will clean better than the others, but this isn’t true. Harder bristles can actually be too hard on your teeth and gums and lead to gum recession and erosion. It is actually possible to brush your teeth too hard. Stick to soft bristles. They’ll also ensure that any restorations, like dental crowns or porcelain veneers, don’t get scratched up.
Do rinses and mouthwash really help my oral health?
Yes, they come as a supplement to flossing and brushing your teeth. They don’t replace actually brushing your teeth. You’ll still need to do that. Different rinses can help with bad breath, cavity prevention, or gum health, and there are others that are meant to assist with dry mouth. Use them only as directed, and talk to your dentist about the best ones for your needs.
Does my diet impact my oral health?
Yes, possibly more than you realize. Most of us know that things like too much sugar or acidic drinks harm our teeth. But things we think are healthy, like dried fruit, can cause issues for oral health as well. Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to assist saliva production and get debris out from in between your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the best foods and drinks for your oral health at your next appointment.
Do all teeth need fluoride?
Fluoride helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay at every age. Children are more prone to cavities and tooth decay, so we recommend regular fluoride treatments at their preventative care appointments. We also recommend patients of all ages use toothpaste with fluoride in it.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are looking for a highly qualified, family dentist in Charlotte, NC, or Monroe, NC, contact the Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. Call us at 704-240-5045 or schedule an appointment online.