A comprehensive dental exam includes a thorough look at your entire mouth, head and neck area. We need to know your complete medical history and potentially request an X-ray for our records.
An important part of what we do is keeping your medical chart up-to-date. Dr. Macks appreciates knowing any health conditions that have come up since your last visit.
Children's comprehensive dental exams are also strongly recommended on a yearly basis. As with any children's dental comprehensive exams, it is better to find out early rather than later.
Many diseases can affect your mouth. For example, Diabetes patients are at a higher risk of periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases can affect your blood sugar levels and can make diabetes harder to control.
If you have been diagnosed with any diseases, let Dr. Macks know. It is important to know if you are taking any medications, which includes prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines. Even diseases or conditions that you may believe to be unrelated are important as we plan your treatment.
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Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Macks suggests having an oral exam during your routine visit to his Tacoma office. The goal would be to find any abnormalities early in the process.
Who should consider oral cancer screening?
- Patients who use of tobacco, such as cigars, pipes, cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff among others.
- Heavy alcohol use.
- Previous oral cancer diagnosis.
Check with Dentist Dr. Macks to see if oral cancer screening is appropriate for you.
Also, ask for ways that you can reduce the risk of oral cancer.
Please call Dr. Alan Macks' friendly office staff with any questions. They can walk you through any insurance or private pay questions.
What is the difference between routine teeth cleaning and a deep teeth cleaning?
Dr. Macks offers both types of cleaning at his Tacoma office located at 5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd. Tacoma, WA 98409.
Routine teeth cleaning involves a cleaning every six months. This is used as a preventative maintenance method for those who have a healthy mouth. One of our four dental hygienists will explain the procedure thoroughly and the importance of keeping on a schedule. Routine Teeth Cleaning includes removing tartar and plaque from your teeth and below the gumline. Your teeth will also be polished and screened for any potential decay or other issues.
Dr. Macks' office also performs what is called deep teeth cleaning. Deep Teeth Cleaning involves removing plaque, bacteria and calculus from the gum. This allows the tissues to start healing. The gums form a protective shield between the root of the tooth and outside environment around the teeth. Once inflammation starts to occur, a deep cleaning is necessary. If it isn't treated in time, bone loss will occur.