Dental Exams and Check-Ups
Why Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your home dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily. And we also check for any signs of oral cancer which is often painless and very difficult to detect yourself.
How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, genetic susceptibility to tooth decay or recurring gum disease.
How Important is Oral Hygiene?
Oral hygiene is critical for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden (tarter) and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and eventual bone loss if it is not removed. Good oral hygiene at home and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.
What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam Appointment?
At a typical dental exam, a member of our hygienist team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains and deposits (tartar or calculus) that can’t be simply brushed off. These accumulations are much more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to more accurately identify any problems in your teeth, gums and bone. We will discuss your current methods of dental care, such as how you brush your teeth and provide you with a number of specialized home care items tailored to your needs. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide helpful suggestions on how to care of your mouth to promote optimal oral health.
How Can You Prepare For Your Dental Exam?
The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Our hygiene team will be cleaning your teeth for you and will focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you share pertinent information such as any changes to your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health routine and what may be difficult for you – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your home care. Lastly, it is much easier to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental appointment and your hygienist will always help you.