If you brush and floss regularly, you may not know why it’s so important to see your dentist at least twice a year. Dental exams can reveal other health issues that you may be developing, from oral cancer to gum disease. Early treatment is key. Dr. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is ready to be your partner in maintaining your dental health. Call her office or book an appointment online for your next dental exam.
Dr. Rotroff ensures that you complete a health survey, asking you to check any conditions that you have or have had in the past. She examines your health history and all medications that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Dr. Rotroff provides a thorough exam and makes a dental plan for you depending on your specific dental health. She determines how effective your teeth cleaning has been, looks for any decay in your teeth and their roots, and checks for gum or bone disease.
When checking your teeth for cavities, Dr. Rotroff uses the latest technology, the DIAGNOdent laser. It’s quick, accurate, and painless. She holds the laser over teeth that she suspects have decayed and reads a number on an attached computer screen which tells her whether decay is present.
Next, Dr. Rotroff asks you to open and close your mouth to ensure your bite and jaw are in proper alignment. She also asks about your last X-rays.
You should have X-rays of your teeth every three years, and since X-rays are now digital, there's no need to worry about radiation. The X-rays show how your upper and lower teeth fit together and provide a 3-D picture to show all of each tooth and the adjacent areas.
Dr. Rotroff also performs a thorough exam for oral cancer. She checks your jaw, your lips, inside your mouth, your tongue, and each side of your neck to make sure there are no lumps and bumps that could be dangerous.
If she sees signs of tobacco or significant decay, Dr. Rotroff discusses lifestyle and diet choices that affect your oral health.
Dr. Rotroff’s dental hygienists use the latest technology to clean your teeth, ensuring a sparkling smile.
With an ultrasonic scaler, your hygienist thoroughly cleans each tooth and the areas between your teeth and around your gums. The ultrasonic scaler uses high-frequency pressure to remove stubborn plaque, and hard matter called calculus, which forms when plaque hardens.
Only the hygienist can remove calculus, which is why it’s so important to schedule regular cleanings. When needed, your hygienist also scrapes the plaque and bacteria buildup around your teeth and gums with a hand scaler. Dr. Rotroff may apply a fluoride treatment at the end of your appointment if decay is an issue.
Next, the hygienist polishes your teeth using a paste and flosses between each one. Finally, she consults with you about the best way to brush, floss, and take care of your teeth.
Regular visits help prevent serious dental problems such as gum disease, which can lead to other health issues.
Dental professionals recommend that you schedule visits every six months for an exam and teeth cleaning. Dr. Rotroff prefers you schedule your next appointment at the end of your current visit so that it’s already on your schedule and becomes an automatic part of your health maintenance plan.