Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds up to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease) or a more serious gum infection called periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

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, frequency and susceptibility to tooth and root decay and degree of gum disease present.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At a typical dental exam, your dentist will comprehensively examine your teeth, gums and mouth. This is done by checking for signs of decay, gum disease and hard and soft tissue lesions. X-rays may be taken to provide a more detailed evaluation of your oral health and to identify any problems that may not be visible in your mouth. If any issues are discovered, your dentist will come up with a treatment plan to address those needs. Dental exams are routinely done in conjunction with a professional dental cleaning. During a dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth by removing any surface plaque, hardened tartar and stains.  We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush and floss your teeth, as well as whether you use a toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.

How Can You Prepare For a 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. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be performing a detailed cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so that we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure that you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.