Before we even examine your mouth, we’ll sit down with you for a face-to-face meeting to talk about your concerns. We’ll ask some basic questions to learn more about you and your expectations for dental treatment:
- Are there specific goals you’d like to accomplish, or do you just want to make sure your oral health’s on track?
- What have your past experiences with dental care been like?
- Are you nervous or apprehensive about dental care?
Next, Dr. Holder or Dr. Kirkpatrick examine your teeth and note the condition of current dental work and potential problem areas. We will take intraoral photos and a series of digital x-rays to see if there are any problems developing inside your teeth and to establish a baseline for future treatment.
Since your overall health is important to us, every exam and cleaning includes an oral cancer screening. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer is highly treatable, with a 90% survival rate if caught in its early stages.