Dr. Kate Brayman’s Woodbury, Long Island dental office offers top-notch services to help patients maintain excellent oral health. Having twice-yearly checkups is essential for preventing minor issues from turning into more severe and painful problems that could lead to tooth loss – don’t take your smile for granted! Contact our Woodbury dental office today to ensure you have the best comprehensive care available.
Regular dental checkups every six months are a great way to stay ahead of any major oral health issues. While some conditions may not cause pain until they are more serious, our dentists can locate problems early and provide specialized care before simple maintenance turns into expensive treatments like a root canal or gum disease that puts your teeth at risk.
Your dental health plays a very important role in your overall well-being. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy good physical health without having healthy teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to harmful diseases, such as gum disease; this could have severe consequences for other existing conditions or even cause you to suffer new chronic illnesses. Keeping on top of proper brushing and flossing is critical. Do not wait; ensure you get the best possible preventative measures with regular dental visits.
When you arrive for your routine dental exam and cleaning, you will be asked to complete an updated health history form that documents any allergies (including latex allergies) and health problems you have experienced. Before the dental check up procedure begins, you will also be asked about any medications you are currently taking and any concerns you may have about your oral health.
When it’s time for your checkup, the dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums, and answer any questions you might have about your daily dental care. X-rays may be taken, depending on how long it has been since your last X-ray and whether the dental hygienist saw worrisome areas.
He or she will assess your general oral health by looking at your gums and teeth. Any missing teeth, gum pockets, or areas of decay will be documented for the dentist to review. The dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque and the tartar (hardened plaque) that can only be removed with professional cleaning. Typically, professional cleanings are done with a series of handheld dental scalers. For deeper cleanings, ultrasonic scalers may be used to clean underneath the gum line. A professional cleaning may also include flossing the teeth.
A hygienist will polish the teeth to remove surface stains that may be present. Polishing is generally done by applying an abrasive substance to the teeth with a rotating, rubber-tipped dental brush. Sometimes, air polishing may also be available. If recommended by the dentist, the hygienist may also administer a professional fluoride treatment at the conclusion of the dental check up procedure. This involves applying a highly concentrated fluoride solution to the teeth, and it can provide additional protection against decay for high-risk patients.
Dr. Brayman will perform a thorough exam of your entire mouth. You already know she’ll probe your teeth and gums, but you may not realize that she also looks at the health of your mouth, including the tongue, inside of the cheeks, and the roof of the mouth. She checks for evidence of tooth grinding or problems with the temporomandibular joint or also known as TMJ disorder. She’ll also look for signs of oral cancer, as well as signs of systemic disease that show up in the mouth.
If any issues are discovered, the dentist will make treatment recommendations. These might include returning for more frequent professional cleanings, returning for a filling or other restorative work, or referring you to another dental specialist for a more advanced dental check up.
After the dental check up procedure has finished, both the dentist and dental hygienist can answer any questions you may have about how to properly care for your mouth at home. They may recommend specific toothbrushes, toothpastes, or mouthwashes. If needed, the dentist may give you prescriptions for higher-strength toothpastes or mouthwashes that are specially designed to reduce the risk of gum disease and decay.
Dr. Kate Brayman and her staff understand that a trip to the dentist produces significant anxiety in many people. They respect each person’s unique needs and welcome you to tell them about your fears and concerns so that they can help.
To ensure your comfort, Dr. Brayman has equipped her Woodbury dental office with advanced technology designed to reduce dental anxiety, such as:
Our advanced technology can enhance diagnostic accuracy and treatment precision – leading to better patient outcomes, reduced discomfort, and better communication.
We aim to foster trust with you as our patient, which enables you to actively participate in your overall dental health journey.
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Unfortunately we do not accept Medicaid, Healthplex, HMO, DMO and some other dental insurances.