Dental Exams & Cleanings

White Palm Dental - Melbourne, Florida

Dental Exams & Cleanings

White Palm Dental
Melbourne, Florida

At White Palm Dental, we are proponents of prevention to help our patients enjoy long-term healthy smiles. Keeping up with routine dental visits helps prevent undetected dental issues from becoming serious health problems that can require invasive and costly treatments. Dr. McGavin and our dedicated team are committed to ensuring your visit is comfortable and free of stress.

Regular dental exams and cleanings can help:

  • Prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Avoid minor problems from progressing into something more serious
  • Maintain your natural, healthy teeth

The health of your teeth can reflect on your overall health, which is why dental exams and cleanings are so important!

How Often Should You Schedule Your Dental Exam and Cleaning Appointment?

Most dental professionals recommend scheduling dental visits every six months. However, patients with periodontal disease or risk factors for dental disease may require more frequent dental visits. If you are someone who would benefit from more frequent visits, Dr. McGavin will discuss this with you at your new patient exam.

What Can You Expect During Your Visit?

Initial Screening: After taking your medical and dental history, we will ask you about any current concerns.

Digital X-Rays and Intraoral Camera: We will take digital dental x-rays to uncover problems that may have developed since your last exam, including new decay, bone loss, or other concerns. We will also capture real-time images of your mouth with an intraoral camera and share them with you to empower you to make informed decisions about your dental care.

Physical Examination: An essential, potentially life-saving component of every dental exam provided at White Palm Dental is an oral cancer screening, which involves a thorough mouth, head, and neck exam to rule out abnormalities. Dr. McGavin will also perform a tooth-by-tooth examination to assess the health of your teeth and restorations. He will also evaluate your gum and bone levels to check for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Dental Cleaning: We will gently remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and gum line to help lower the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. We use an ultrasonic scaler to gently blast away plaque, tartar, and surface tooth stains, minimizing patient discomfort.

Next Steps: Dr. McGavin will discuss steps to improve or maintain your oral health. He will work with you to create a custom treatment plan outlining immediate restorative needs or recommended preventive measures to keep dental issues from arising.

Why Schedule a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

  • You’ll Maintain a Healthy Smile: Prevention and early detection are key to maintaining beautiful, healthy teeth and gums.
  • You’ll Safeguard Your Health: Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other health concerns, so maintaining a healthy smile can reflect on your overall health.
  • You’ll Save Money: Preventive dental exams and cleanings are more cost-effective in the long run than treating dental problems or replacing missing teeth.

Home Oral Hygiene Care

Make sure to brush daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled electronic toothbrush. It’s equally important to floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth. Many don’t realize the importance of brushing their tongues, which can harbor harmful oral bacteria.

If you grind your teeth in your sleep, we recommend wearing a night guard to prevent further wear or damage. Make sure to limit sugary or acidic foods and avoid hard foods like ice or rock candy, which can chip or damage your tooth enamel.

Dental Exams and Cleanings Near Me in Melbourne, FL

Ready to take charge of your oral health?

Call White Palm Dental at 321-473-6920 to schedule your appointment, or book online today! Dr. McGavin and our dedicated team look forward to caring for all your dental needs!

Schedule Your Appointment

Scheduling a dental appointment is easy with our user-friendly online scheduling system. We are already accepting new patient appointments for Summer 2024 when booked online.