General Care

General Care Services

Regular oral exams are an important part of preventive health care. During an oral exam, Dr.Mercado may identify gum inflammation or bone loss. Dr.Mercado will evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. An oral exam might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures.

Dental X-rays are images of your teeth that Dr.Mercado uses to evaluate your oral health. Our X-rays are digital and involve using low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. Dr.Mercado uses these to spot problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.

Regular dental cleanings are your key to a healthy mouth. Dr.Mercado’s staff includes a highly skilled hygienist who performs the cleanings for our patients. Dental cleanings may include, removal of dental plaque, gum treatment, and a short lesson on oral hygiene.

The most common area for dental decay (cavities) to develop in teeth is in the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth. Dr. Mercado can now prevent this early decay in your permanent teeth by bonding a plastic coating over these deep grooves to seal out the cavity causing bacteria (germs).

Fluoride treatments after a thorough dental cleaning have been shown to significantly reduce decay (cavities) in adults and children. For this reason Dr. Mercado wants to provide you with fluoride applications so that you will receive the maximum protection against future decay.