Our main mission is to make sure that your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. Dr. Stacy Goodwill offers every patient comprehensive dental care, which includes a thorough checkup, a professional cleaning, and any maintenance necessary to keep your teeth and gums in the absolute best shape possible.
Visiting our office for regular dental checkups allows the doctor to monitor your mouth for early signs of infection or other dental problems. By catching the problems early, the doctor can better treat them, without the need for major procedures.
To learn more about the comprehensive care we offer, or to schedule your checkup, call our Fargo, ND, dental office at 701-237-3583 today.
Staying Informed of Your Dental Health
Your regular dental checkups allow the doctor to stay up to date with your dental health and hygiene. Most patients attend a dental checkup every six months. Patients with a high risk for developing dental diseases, however, may need to attend a checkup more often. Dr. Stacy Goodwill will recommend an optimal number of visits for each patient.
A typical dental checkup will consist of:
The doctor uses x-rays to help discover tooth decay, signs of gum disease, and misalignment, among other things. Our office uses digital x-rays, which expose our patients to much less radiation than traditional x-rays. Dental x-rays provide the doctor with highly detailed pictures of the entire mouth, allowing her to see the roots of your teeth and the bone around them. They also help the doctor monitor the development of our younger patients’ teeth as they develop.
Our hygienist will perform an initial examination of your teeth and gums, documenting any changes since your last visit, measuring any pockets between your teeth and gums and making note of any possible problems he or she sees. The doctor will then perform a more detailed examination, looking for signs of cavities and screening for oral cancer. During this examination, the dentist may use several tools, such as a probe for measuring the gum pockets, an exploring tool, and a dental mirror. If you have anxiety issues about any of these tools or procedures, let the doctor know, so we can explain your sedation options.
Helping You Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
A dental cleaning, or hygiene maintenance appointment, involves the removal of plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and sugars, causes cavities and gum disease. If not removed daily through brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, or calculus. Even our patients who brush and floss regularly will experience some buildup of plaque and tartar around the gums and between teeth.
The hygienist will begin your cleaning by polishing your teeth with an abrasive paste. This will remove minor stains from your teeth, and provide a smooth surface on your teeth, making it difficult for bacteria to gather there. He or she will then use a hooked instrument, called a scaler to gently remove plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth and around your gum line. Our doctors typically recommend a fluoride treatment after your cleaning, to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth and guard them against attacks from decay.
As part of your checkup, the hygienist and dentist will check your gums for early signs of gum disease. One such sign, the development of pockets between the teeth and gums, can typically be treated with a more thorough cleaning procedure, called scaling and root planning. The procedure removes plaque from under the gum line and from the roots of your teeth.
Scaling and root planing work together as a non-surgical treatment for gum disease. The treatment promotes the healthy regeneration of gum tissue through careful cleaning and smoothing of the tooth roots.
During the scaling procedure, the hygienist will use the scaler to scrape tartar from the tooth roots above and below the gum line. Root planing involves smoothing out the rough spots on your tooth roots where germs tend to gather, helping to eliminate harmful bacteria. These procedures take a little longer, and may require a separate appointment.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about comprehensive care for your smile through checkups and cleanings, call our Fargo, ND, dental office today at 701-237-3583 to schedule an appointment