Dental Insurance Schenectady, NY
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-5pm
Dr. Jeffrey Backer, 
Dr. Amanda Marx, 
Dr. Martin Stess, 
Dr. Gregory Morra, 
Orthodontist; Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn

214 Mohawk Ave. Scotia, NY 12302
518-952-9024
info@scotiaglenvilledentalcenter.com

PREVENTIVE

Preventive

Dental Visit - Every Six Months

Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.
What Goes On During A Regular Visit

Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your jaw joints (TMJs). Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits. Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease. During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will look at your gums, mouth, tongue and throat. There are several routine parts to a dental examination.
The Head And Neck Examination

Your dentist will start off by:
  • Examining your face
  • Examining your neck 
  • Checking your lymph nodes
  • Checking your jaw joints (TMJs) 
The Clinical Dental Examination

Next, your dentist assesses the state of your teeth and gums by:
  • Examining the gums
  • Looking for signs of gum disease
  • Checking for loose teeth
  • Looking at the tissues inside of your mouth
  • Examining your tongue 
  • Checking your bite
  • Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
  • Checking for broken teeth
  • Checking for damaged fillings
  • Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
  • Evaluating any dental appliance you have
  • Checking the contact between your teeth
  • Taking X-rays
The Dental Cleaning

During your dental visit, your dental professional will:
  • Check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
  • Removes any plaque and tartar
  • Polishing your teeth
  • Flossing between your teeth
  • Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. 

Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Panoramic X-ray

A panoramic x-ray is a commonly performed examination by dentists and oral surgeons in everyday practice and is an important diagnostic tool. It covers a wider area than a conventional intraoral x-ray and, as a result, provides valuable information about the nasal area, maxillary sinuses, tooth positioning and gum and bone irregularities. This examination is also used to plan treatment for full and partial dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
Bite-wing X-ray

Bitewing X-rays show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth

Each bitewing X-ray shows a tooth from its crown to about the level of the supporting bone. 

Bitewing X-rays are used to detect decay between teeth and changes in bone density caused by gum disease

They are also useful in determining the proper fit of a crown (or cast restoration) and the marginal integrity of fillings.
Sedation Dentistry is Available For All Services
read more
Share by: