With the goal of keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible for as long as possible, Echo Family Dental’s routine exams include personalized preventative care. Our expert team of certified dental hygienists and doctors have put the latest in dental care to work at our clinic to ensure top results and enhanced comfort for you and your family. Here’s what an Echo Family Dental preventative care session includes: Digital X-rays Taken routinely once per year, our digital X-ray technology uses significantly less radiation than traditional film. We are able to take high-quality images of your teeth and jaw bone, which are immediately transferred to your dentist’s computer for quicker evaluations. And because the image can be brightened and enlarged, your doctor can get a better view of your oral health status. Periodontal Evaluations Beyond cleaning, assessing your gum and bone health is one of the most important parts of any dental visit. This includes a visual examination to check for problematic receding areas of your gums, excessive tartar buildup, new spacing between teeth, loose teeth, and swollen areas. Seeing you regularly helps us catch any new symptoms early so that we can put the proper treatment in place and prevent further damage. Ultrasonic Cleaning Our caring hygienists—who are experts at spotting areas of concern—use the modern method of ultrasonic cleaning during your exam. Compared to traditional hand tools, our power scalers are faster and more thorough, providing cleaner results and better removal of stains and deposits. An ultrasonic scaler controls and destroys oral bacteria before rinsing it away. We further remove stains and plaque with a Prophy Jet, which gently polishes your teeth using a mixture of water, air, and baking soda to give you that pearly white finish. Oral Cancer Screening Part of our routine care for every patient involves checking for signs of oral cancer. Because early detection is so important, we carefully examine your gums, tongue, lips, neck, and other oral tissue for signs that should be looked at more closely by your primary physician. Intraoral Camera If you’ve ever wondered what we see when we look into your mouth, the intraoral camera allows you to do just that. The tiny, fiber-optic lens takes clear pictures that we can share with you to show you specific areas of concern. Dental Exam Your dentist will perform a complete oral examination and talk with you about recommendations based on the preventative care evaluations. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have—we want our patients to be both comfortable and informed! For any questions or concerns regarding preventative care, please contact Echo Family Dental.