Don't brush off regular checkups to the dentist. Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral
health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because
your dentist can:
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam
by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your mouth,
teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old
fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding,
can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
- check for problems that you might not see or feel
- find early signs of decay, and
- treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable.
Your First Visit
Your first visit to Sterling Dental Care typically includes X-rays and an exam that allows Dr. Malaker to view the structure of your jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, gum health, oral cancer screening, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves collecting your medical history. When you share your medical history with Dr. Malaker, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform him if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell Dr. Malaker the names, doses and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician. Inform him of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help him to select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.
After Dr. Malaker has evaluated you records, we will discuss all possible avenues of treatment and follow up with you in detail, including the costs associated in your particular case.
Regular checkup appointments typically take 30 to 45 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. We understand that sometimes it is necessary to cancel or reschedule appointments and ask that you give us at least a 48 hour notice whenever possible. A fee will be assessed for late cancellations.