Get a Dental Check-up
What to Expect:
- A visit with the Dental Hygienist
- An annual or as-needed exam with the Dentist
Depending on your frequency of visits and your current oral needs, your regular dental check-up in our Poulsbo dental office will include some of the following:
A deep, yet gentle, cleaning with one of our dynamic dental hygienists. Routine dental cleanings at Finn Hill Dental in Poulsbo rid the mouth of the harmful bacteria that lead to dental problems such as tooth decay, gingivitis, bone loss, and even tooth loss.
Gum disease affects nearly half of American adults. Genetics is the main reason for gum disease, but poor oral hygiene compounds the problem. If you notice blood when you brush or floss, inflamed gums, or a receding gum line, periodontal therapy will help you maintain a clean and healthy mouth.
Your appointment with one of our dental hygienists will be much like any other cleaning, except the hygienist will concentrate on one area of your mouth to provide a more thorough cleaning. Periodontal therapy requires more frequent appointments so that you will become good friends with your Poulsbo dental hygienist, and your mouth will stay cleaner, warding off more complex and intensive dental treatment.
We'll set aside time to talk to the doctor about concerns and to learn about your mouth.
When absorbed into your teeth' enamel, fluoride helps replenishes the lost calcium and phosphorus that keep teeth hard. Your strengthened teeth will be slower to demineralize or decay.
At Finn Hill Dental, we encourage everyone to have your back teeth properly sealed. Sealants are a protective tooth-colored varnish placed in the deep grooves of molars. Because these grooves are ideal hiding places for bacteria, sealants help eliminate decay in these areas by not letting the bacteria in.
Used to diagnose dental conditions, even before you feel them, x-rays are an essential tool used by dentists to get a comprehensive view of your dental history and possible future.
- Bitewing and Periapical are the most commonly used x-rays in dentistry. Sometimes we take a series of these to create a full picture of your mouth. Other times, a single film will be used to look at a problem area.
- Panoramic X-rays show all the upper and lower teeth and large portions of the jaws on one large image.
Are X-rays Safe? Dental x-rays use very low doses of radiation. The amount of radiation is equivalent to a 4-hour airplane trip, or about 3 days of naturally occurring everyday radiation. X-rays are only taken once per year unless a problem area warrants a closer look.