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RECARE APPOINTMENT

  This is known as "periodic" checkup, "6 month checkup" or "recall" appointment.    

     This appointment is far more than just a "cleaning" it is a preventive dental exam.  

Surgeon General's Report states: Employed adults lose more than 164 million work hours annually due to dental disease.

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December 2005’s Reader’s Digest  featured, “The Checkup That Can Save Your Life,” which delves into the relationship between oral and systemic health through case reports and research results. The subhead, “The dentist may be the most important doctor you see this year” ... And the article concludes “ … as medical science reaffirms that head and body are indeed connected, there’s more reason than ever to brush twice a day, floss daily, and get dental checkups every six months or see a dentist promptly if you have a problem.” 2/06

 This appointment will involve the following:

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Review and update of your medical history , prescribed medications or physical condition

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Recording any changes in your mediations or physical condition

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Blood pressure  and temperature are recorded

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Oral cancer check

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Necessary X-rays

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The circled area is where decay has been diagnosed.
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Examination of your teeth to detect decay

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Inspect existing fillings and/or crowns for leaks or cracks

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Evaluate gum tissue conditions

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Bite check

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Evaluate cosmetic needs to improve your smile

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Referral to specialist as needed...Periodontist, Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist

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Tour of your mouth with our intra-oral camera

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Tooth brushing and flossing instructions

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Periodontal screening

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Instructions on Proxybrush, Flosser, Sonic Care, BreathRx, Peridex, denture care  as needed

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Dietary suggestions as needed

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Presentation of necessary dental treatment

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CD Rom education on needed dental treatment

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Update on advances in dental care to improve your oral health

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Treatment planning for necessary work to be done

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Discussion on recommended time periods between recare appointments

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Tooth polishing as determined by doctor's recommendation based on your present oral health condition

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Scaling procedure is performed on individuals in normal or good periodontal health to remove plaque, calculus and stains to prevent caries and periodontal disease. Since pockets are absent in a healthy mouth, the scaling and polishing are performed on the clinical crown and into very healthy and shallow sulci.

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Caring for you and your dental health

As you can see this appointment is more than "just" a cleaning!

Although twice a year dental visits are the key ingredient to maintaining good oral health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports less than two-thirds of adults make one yearly dental trip. In addition, one-third of all Americans have untreated tooth decay and 48 percent have gingivitis, which can quickly develop into periodontal disease. Visiting a dentist twice a year can be instrumental to prevent oral health problems and can predict overall health conditions. 

SMILE..............THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

*Ms Flossy

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