Dental Checkup

What will be done during my Dental Checkup

Routine dental check includes – dental cleaning, a complete full mouth exam by our dentist and, if any X rays are required they will be taken during your visit.

Why is Oral Hygiene important?

Most adults start losing teeth because they fail to maintain good oral hygiene. Gum or periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacteria and plaque. Plaque is a colorless coat of film, that sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly accumulates behind your teeth and is not readily visible. It usually has harmful bacteria that overtime eats your gums.

By daily brushing and flossing you can remove the plaque and the germs and help prevent long term damage to your teeth. Flossing is extremely important as it removes any food stuck between your teeth. The food that sticks to your teeth helps bacteria grow and multiply, since they eat those tiny food particles. Therefore make it a habit to brush daily and floss daily.

Good Nutrition is key to healthy teeth.

A balanced diet keep you healthy so its important to always eat healthy and exercise.

How often and what you eat has direct correlation to your dental health. Starchy foods such as cookies, bread, and candy helps the bacteria in your mouth, since they feed on sugars in your mouth left over by these starchy foods. The bacteria’s consume these sugars and produces acids that attack your teeth as long as it remains in your mouth. Enamel is the protective coating on your teeth. Food especially candy that stick to your teeth or are slow to dissolve give the acids in your mouth more time to work on and aids in destroying your tooth enamel.

Therefore resist the temptation of eating candies. And if you do eat them then rinse your mouth with water after you are done eating them.

Foods high in starch are bad for your teeth

Sugary / Starchy Foods.

  • Candy.
  • Cookies.
  • Bread.
  • Crackers

Sticky Foods.

  • Chips.
  • Granola Bars.
  • Sticky Candies.
  • Dried chewy Snacks

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Dental checkup

Comprehensive Dental Exam is a complete exam of your mouth. During this exam the Dentist will review your medical and dental history and go through your full mouth X rays and examine your mouth and record her findings in your dental Chart. It is during this exam that you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like. The dentist shall explain and answer all your concerns. At our clinic Dr Samina takes ample time to go through all the findings. She explain’s and loves to answer all your questions.

While dental X-rays do involve radiation, the exposed levels are so low that they’re considered safe for children and adults. And with digital X-rays your risks from radiation exposure is even lower. Our office is completely digital and we do not use old style X rays and hence the radiation levels are very low. To further protect you we use a bib to prevent your body from radiation. If you are pregnant then let us know and we will not take your x rays. Women who are pregnant or believe they may be pregnant should avoid all types of X-rays.

Dental check up for a new patient will usually last 1 hr. We do not rush patients. Your cleaning, Exam and X rays will be taken and then the dentist will walk you through her findings and answer all your concerns and questions. Dr Samina Kathawala is just very commited to patient satisfaction; your health and well being is her top priority, therefore she will take ample time to explain and answer all your questions. Try her to see it first hand.

Usually dental checkup is considered a preventative visit and is 100% covered by insurance in most instances. So if you have insurance, you will have zero out of pocket cost. In rare instances if it’s not covered, then our staff will happily verify your coverage and inform you before hand about your copayment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves a persons’s smile or the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.

Dental Checkup

A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removingit. Ideally patients shall visit their dentist once every six months for a dental checkup.

Dental Caries

Dental caries – also known as cavities occur because of improper oral hygiene, leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.


Tooth starts decaying when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and erode from plaque and tartar on the teeth.

Dental Filling

A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants contain a sealing material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent dental caries.


Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.


Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require a visit to the dentist’s office .

Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.

For appointment’s please call 201 778 0225