Kate Brayman DDS

Dental Check-Up on Long Island, NY

Dental Checkup on Long Island NY

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.

Dental Check Up on Long Island, NY


Why should you get dental checkups twice a year?

Long Island Dental Checkups

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.

What services are provided during a dental checkup on Long Island?

  • Fill Out Necessary Forms

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.

  • X-Rays and Teeth Cleaning

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.

  • Polish and Fluoride Treatment

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.

  • Dental Check-Up Exam

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.

  • Questions for the Dentist

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.

How does Dr. Brayman make your checkup comfortable?

  • 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:

    • Massage dental chairs
    • Painless computerized injections using the Magic Wand
    • DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection
    • Digital X-rays with less radiation exposure

Dental Check-Up FAQ's

During a routine dental checkup, a dentist will examine your teeth for signs of dental problems, like cavities or tooth decay. If they identify a cavity or early signs of tooth decay, they may recommend filling the affected tooth to prevent further damage and maintain your oral health. It’s common practice during dental checkups to address minor dental issues promptly. Your dentist will discuss the need for a filling with you, explain the procedure, and provide options for the type of filling material to be used. They can often do the filling during the same appointment, ensuring your dental health is well-maintained.

Routine dental checkups are recommended every six months for most people. The frequency of these checkups can vary depending on your oral health needs and recommendations from your dentist or dental hygienist. Some people with certain dental conditions or a history of oral health issues may require more frequent visits, while those with excellent oral health may be able to extend the intervals between checkups. Consult with your dentist to establish a  regular schedule. Regular dental checkups are important for preventative care,  catching issues early, and maintaining good dental hygiene.

During a dental cleaning, performed by dental hygienists, plaque and tartar buildup are removed from the teeth and gums through scraping, flossing, polishing, and fluoride application. This preventive procedure helps maintain oral hygiene and prevent issues like gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

A dental checkup includes a comprehensive examination of oral health where the dentist assesses teeth, gums, and overall oral structures for signs of dental problems, like cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. X-rays may be taken for a more thorough assessment. Dental checkups are important for early detection and treatment of dental issues, preventing potential complications. 

Both procedures are recommended every six months during regular dental visits, but the frequency may vary based on your needs and recommendations from your dentist.

Regular dental checkups are important because they help in the early detection of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Early detection often means less invasive and less expensive treatment. Routine checkups allow dentists to monitor your overall oral health and provide personalized advice for better oral hygiene practices. Dental professionals clean and remove plaque and tartar buildup during these visits, reducing the risk of dental problems. Regular checkups help prevent bad breath and maintain a bright, healthy smile. Dental checkups are essential for long-term oral health and save time and money by promptly addressing dental issues.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, schedule a dental checkup with  Dr, Kate Brayman in Long Island, as soon as possible:

  • Dental Pain or Discomfort
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Visible Tartar Buildup
  • Loose or Missing Teeth
  • Changes in Mouth Appearance
  • Jaw Pain or Clicking
  • Persistent Dry Mouth
  • Previous Dental Issues
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With 15 years of experience, we are equipped to provide efficient, safe, and reliable dental care. Check out more about our dentist, Dr. Kate Brayman DDS here.


the right technology matters

Our advanced technology can enhance diagnostic accuracy and treatment precision – leading to better patient outcomes, reduced discomfort, and better communication.

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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.