Dental Checkup Santa Barbara CA

Dental Checkup

Dental Checkups in Santa Barbara, CA

The key to maintaining a healthy smile is implementing an oral hygiene routine at home, along with keeping up with your routine dental checkups and following the treatment plan that the See Me Smile Dental team provides. Your routine dental checkup will involve more than just teeth cleaning and a quick exam. These visits play an important role in your dental health and your overall well being.

Why are Dental Checkups Important?

Everyone should have regular dental checkups, whether or not there are any ongoing dental issues. Dental checkups are an important part of your overall health and wellness.

How Do Dental Checkups Help Detect Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can be a very serious disease, and if it is not diagnosed early, it can become life threatening. Fortunately, when in its early stages, oral cancer is usually treatable. During your dental checkup, we will look for any signs of oral cancer and may recommend other diagnostics if we find a reason for concern. These exams are non-invasive and pain-free. They only take a few minutes to complete and check for any signs of dead tissues caused by tumors.

How Do Dental Checkups Help Prevent Cavities, Plaque, and Tartar?

Even if you brush and floss twice a day, you can still have issues with plaque and cavities. There are parts of your teeth and mouth that can be difficult to clean with regular brushing and flossing at home. The routine teeth cleaning that you receive at your dental checkup can help remove plaque and tartar from those hard to reach areas and help you avoid serious issues by detecting cavities early.

Do Dental Checkups Help to Keep Bad Habits in Check?

There are several bad habits that many of us have that lead to issues with dental health. Drinking sugary sodas, eating too many sweets, and smoking are just a few habits that could do damage to your teeth and gums.

Sometimes it helps to have a gentle reminder from a healthcare professional about how bad these habits are to our health and overall wellbeing, especially if they are noticing negative effects on your oral health. Visiting us here at See Me Smile Dental regularly can help you keep your bad habits in check and stay on a healthier path. We can also answer questions and make suggestions based on your lifestyle habits.

Can Dental Checkups Discover Unknown Problems Under the Surface?

Dental X-rays are often a crucial part of dental checkups. That's because they can detect problems under the surface you may not already know about. Issues like cysts or tumors and bone or tooth decay can be detected using a digital X-ray. In many cases, these problems can be treated or reversed if they are caught in time. Keeping your dental appointments and agreeing to have an X-ray will help you take care of potential health issues before they become a bigger threat.

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What Should I Expect During a Dental Checkup?

No two dental patients are the same and therefore no two exams will be the same, but there are a few things that occur at every dental checkup that you can expect to take place.

  • A dentist or another professional at our office will do a quick review of your medical history. They will find out more about any current or past health issues, ask about your medications, your diet, and find out if you have any new health concerns since your last visit.
  • You will be asked if you have any questions about your teeth, mouth, gums, or your overall dental health. We encourage you to bring up any concerns you have and tell us about any issues. This will help us know if we need to perform any additional services or look for issues we may not have normally checked for.
  • Next, we will conduct an oral exam which includes a visual check of gum tissue and a visual oral cancer scan. If needed you will also have digital dental x-rays at this time. This helps to check for any issues below the gum line.
  • Before the end of the appointment, we will go over a comprehensive treatment plan with you to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. We will discuss any follow-up appointments you may need and go over any advice we have for at-home care.

We want to make sure that we stay on top of your oral health! The best way to do that is through your dental checkups twice a year!

Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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