Preventive Care


Prevention of dental problems begins with regular visits to Dr. Carletto. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, visits will be scheduled at least every six months. These visits leave patients with the good feeling that comes from having clean teeth and healthy gums.

The purpose of this visit is not only to clean your teeth, but so that your dentist can do a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums. Like many health issues, problems found early are usually those most easily dealt with.

Good oral hygiene can affect your overall health. Bacteria, in some studies, have been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious medical issues.

The following step by step discussion will inform you of what to expect during your Dental Visit.


Teeth Cleaning


The Dr. Carletto will perform a complete cleaning of your teeth. She will scrape below the gum line, removing build-up of plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and other problems. If it has been a while since your last visit, proper cleanings can take longer and may require an additional visit.

Your cleaning will normally end with the polishing and flossing of your teeth.


Oral Cancer Screening


Dr. Carletto will routinely look for signs of Oral Cancer during routine exam.


Patient Education


Dr. Carletto can provide you with a wealth of information about your oral health. This includes teaching you how to brush and floss correctly, and how to care for your gums. Many issues such as bad breath, teeth grinding, sports mouth guards, sensitive teeth, topical sealants, and teeth can be discussed.

X-ray may be utilized for exams. The frequency of x-rays depends on your age, risk for disease, and symptoms. Generally bite wing digital x-rays will be taken once per year, and full mouth x-rays once every five years.