What Should I Bring to My First Appointment?
At New Roc Dental, we ask that all patients bring their new patient forms, ID, and dental insurance card to their first visit. Your new patient forms will ask for information about your dental and medical history, allergies, and current medications.
This information will help make accurate diagnoses and recommend proper treatments if needed. Knowledge about your medical history will also help us look for potential dental health issues you may be at risk for. You can rest assured that none of your information will be shared. We always follow proper privacy laws and safe document disposal methods.
Why Should I Go to the Dentist Regularly?
Visiting your dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining your dental health. Routine appointments will help us keep your mouth clean and healthy.
During your cleaning, your hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar that has built up around your teeth and gums. This will help prevent cavities and gum disease.
During your exam, Dr. Wynter will check for signs of decay, infection, and other oral diseases. Frequent exams help us keep an eye on your dental health and catch potential problems early before they can develop into something serious.
How Do I Prevent Cavities?
Cavities begin to develop when bacteria and food particles get trapped under your gums, between your teeth, or on the rough surface of your teeth. The best way to prevent this is to visit your dentist often and brush and floss at least two times every day. Maintaining a good hygiene routine is very important.
To keep your teeth clean and healthy, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. Over time, the fluoride will create a protective layer over your enamel. Using mouthwash can also help clean hard-to-reach parts of your mouth and kill bacteria.
Why Do I Need to Floss?
Brushing every day is a great way to clean away bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Unfortunately, toothbrushes are not very effective at cleaning between teeth. If you do not floss, bacteria and food particles can get into these tight spaces and cause infections and decay. That is why it is so important to floss every day. Flossing and brushing work together to remove bacteria and keep your teeth healthy and clean.
What Do You Test for During Exams?
Routine exams give us a chance to monitor your oral health and look for signs of potential problems. Catching a dental issue early can make a big difference in the cost and effectiveness of your treatment. That is why, when you come in for an exam, we want to make sure everything is covered.
During your visit, Dr. Wynter will look at your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues in your mouth. She will look for bumps, discoloration, and lesions. This will help us determine if you are at risk of infection, oral cancer, or other health issues. After this, she will check the lymph nodes under your jaw and your facial and neck muscles. If needed, we may take digital X-rays to examine the structure of your jawbone and teeth. We may also use an intraoral camera to check your throat and other hard-to-see areas of your mouth.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a severe infection of the gums. It is most commonly known as gum disease, and is one of the most wide-spread dental health problems in America. A large number of adults have or have had gum disease at some point that often goes unnoticed.
When gum disease spreads, it can cause gum recession, tooth loss, and a variety of other health problems. At New Roc Dental, we take periodontal disease very seriously. If you have inflamed, sensitive, or sore gums, please call us and make an appointment. With early treatment, we can help your gums heal and prevent tooth loss.
Can You Whiten My Teeth?
Yes! Here at New Roc Dental, we can use Philips Zoom technology to brighten your smile. In just one hour, we can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades! This treatment is a quick, comfortable, and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile.
What Should I Do If I Have a Dental Emergency?
If you are having a dental emergency, please call our office right away. An emergency can include severe pain, a sudden injury, or lost tooth. In these situations, the earlier you come in, the easier it will be to provide treatment. We will do everything we can to fit you into our schedule on that same day. Emergencies are always a top priority!
If you would like to learn more about New Roc Dental, or if you have any questions about our services, please call our office at 914-235-8065.