Our Services

Annual Dental Examination

Annual dental examinations are essential for maintaining good oral health and detecting potential issues early on. During these check-ups, dentists evaluate the overall health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, identifying any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, preventing the need for more extensive and costly procedures down the line. Additionally, dental professionals perform professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular dental examinations also provide an opportunity to receive personalized oral hygiene advice, ensuring you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile throughout the year.

The stages of annual dental check-up at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic, NYC

At Happy Smiles Dental Clinic, a dental clinic in New Hyde Park, NY, the annual dental check-up procedure is designed to ensure the highest quality of care for patients. Utilizing advanced equipment, the dental professionals at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic conduct a thorough screening of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The process involves assessing the overall oral health, checking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. Here are five key steps involved in an annual dental check-up: 1. Medical history review: The dentist at Happy Smiles Dental Clinic reviews your medical and dental history, noting any existing health conditions, medications, or previous dental treatments that may impact your oral health or the procedures performed during the check-up. 2. Oral examination: The dentist performs a thorough visual and tactile examination of your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissues in the mouth. They look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental issues that may require attention. 3. Dental X-rays: If necessary, the dentist in New Hyde Park, NY may take dental X-rays to get a more detailed view of your teeth, jawbone, and surrounding structures. X-rays help identify hidden dental problems, such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or bone loss. 4. Professional cleaning: A dental hygienist in our dental clinic in New Hyde Park, NYC typically performs a professional cleaning during the check-up. This involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth surfaces, as well as polishing the teeth to remove stains and smooth out rough spots. 5. Treatment plan and recommendations: Based on the findings during the examination and any necessary X-rays, the dentist discusses any identified dental issues, recommends appropriate treatments, and provides personalized oral hygiene advice to maintain your oral health until your next annual check-up.

Early detection allows for prompt treatment and prevention of more severe problems. In addition to the examination, the dental team also performs professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of oral health issues. Happy Smiles Dental Clinic's commitment to exceptional care helps patients maintain a healthy and beautiful smile all year round.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Right Age to Start Visit the Dentist?

According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should receive their first dental checkup between six months and one year of age. This will allow your dentist to confirm the healthy development of your child’s baby teeth. From this point on, regular checkups once every six months should be the norm unless your dentist recommends otherwise.

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply click the book an appointment button on your screen to schedule an appointment at your convenience! Our front desk staff will be happy to hear from you. Please let us know if you are a new patient and we will work with you to make sure that your first appointment goes smoothly and comfortably!

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems—and also one of the most easily treated and avoided. Caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, gum disease can be further aggravated by tobacco use, teeth grinding, and certain medications. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Left untreated, however, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. Here are a few common symptoms of gum disease:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a small hole inside of a tooth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay is generally caused when plaque builds up outside the tooth and combines with sugar and starches in food ad drinks. This produces an acid that destroys tooth enamel and makes tooth decay possible. Left untreated, cavities can cause serious oral health problems—not to mention quite a deal of pain! The best way to prevent cavities is by regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

What are the Secrets to Good Oral Health?

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day.
  • Just as importantly, floss at least once!
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride in order to help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar increases the amount bacteria in your mouth.
  • Avoid tobacco, as it stains your teeth and greatly increases your risk for oral cancer.
  • Brush your tongue in order to remove food particles, reduce bacteria, and keep your breath smelling fresh.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months.
  • Schedule a routine checkup with your dentist every six months, even if your teeth feel fine!

How often should I see the dentist?

As mentioned above, the general consensus (which is also promoted by the American Dental Association) states that most adults and children should visit the dentist twice per year—roughly once every six months. However, it is important to remember that patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often. The only way to be certain about your individual needs is to speak with a dentist.

How Can I Find the Right Dentist for Me and My Family?

Choosing a dentist is a personal decision that should be made based upon your dental needs, as well as your personal values. Here are a few of the reasons we believe that Digital Dental Arts is the best choice for our patients.

  • Convenient scheduling options.
  • Central location right off the Union Turnpike in Queens.
  • State-of- the-Art facility.
  • Special attention to making our patients feel comfortable.
  • Attention to preventative care and the development of good dental habits.
  • Straightforward payment process and willingness to work with insurance companies.

Why visit the dentist?

The general medical consensus affirms that the average patient should see the dentist roughly once every six months. Unfortunately, many people do not take this seriously because they do not understand the importance of dental checkups. Here are a few reasons why visiting the dentist is important.

  • Defends against tooth decay
  • Lowers your risk of chronic bad breath.
  • Protects against gum disease, (known professionally as Periodontal Disease.)
  • Lowers your risk of tooth and bone loss
  • Eliminate the stains that develop inevitably due to food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth, which can improve the quality of your life for years to come.
  • Helps you look and feel your best, knowing that you have a healthier and more attractive smile!

Do I still Need Regular Dental Checkups if I have Braces?

Absolutely! Although you may be seeing your orthodontist regularly, it is still very important that you see your dentist regularly. In fact, it is especially important that you receive regular cleaning, as braces can trap food and particles in a manner that is difficult for regular brushing to remove. This can increase your risk of many oral conditions. Dental checkups will allow your dentist to work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your mouth stays clean and healthy while wearing braces.

What is a filling?

As the name suggests, fillings are used to fill cavities after they have been treated. Here are a few important facts about fillings that all patients should know:

  • Receiving a filling is generally painless due to anesthetics.
  • Fillings are made from specially chosen materials designed to be safe and comfortable.
  • If you think you might need a filling, contact your dentist as soon as possible.