Routine Cleanings and Checkups

Routine cleanings keep your smile healthy and help prevent periodontal disease, a serious infection of the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth.  Periodontal disease, left untreated, encourages bone loss and may eventually lead to tooth loss.  It is possible to have periodontal disease and be unaware of it since most symptoms go without notice.  In order to maintain dental health, it is critical to have your teeth and gums evaluated and cleaned by a dental professional at least twice each year.

The stages of Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal disease puts more than just your gums and teeth at risk.  Researchers have found that periodontal disease is commonly associated with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and respiratory infections.  Pregnant women suffering from periodontal disease have an increased risk for delivering preterm and/or low birth weight babies.

X-rays reveal the presence of small cavities, infection, bone loss and other abnormalities, such as certain types of oral cancer, that would otherwise go undetected.  Because Dr. Singleton provides the most up-to-date technology, radiation exposure is of little concern for our patients.  Our digital x-rays use 90% less radiation than film x-rays, and are ideal for the early detection of bone loss and cavities.



An examination is a complete review of your medical and dental history, an occlusal examination, periodontal screening, review of x-rays, evaluation of existing restorative health and a thorough cavity check. Dr. Singleton or his assistants also complete a video examination with help of intraoral cameras. The images captured with these tiny cameras help our staff explain and illustrate various dental conditions like cavities, cracked teeth or the break down of old restorations.  

The goal of this thorough examination is to develop a treatment plan and determine the patient's immediate, intermediate and long-term dental needs. 

Choosing to decline x-rays and examinations prevents the early detection of dental problems.  Often times a delayed diagnosis has devastating results. The main priority of preventative dentistry is to provide long-term health and comfort.