Dental Exams and Check-Ups
How Important is Oral Hygiene?
Oral hygiene is necessary for controlling bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds plaque that can harden and lead to gingivitis, a form of gum disease, and if untreated can progress to periodontal disease and infection. Daily dental home care and regular check-ups will keep your mouth healthy and minimize 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 complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be addressed early.
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. We may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities, vulnerability to tooth decay, and gum disease.
What Can I Expect from a Dental Exam?
A typical dental exam begins with a good overall evaluation. Where indicated, you may be scheduled to see our licensed dental hygienist, who will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits. We will evaluate your dentition for signs of decay or gum disease. X-rays may be required to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, how often you brush your teeth and floss, as well as what type of toothpaste you use. We may make suggestions to improve your 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. Our team may be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more-difficult-to-clean areas. Be prepared to share information such as your medical history, all medications taken, insurance coverage, and current dental care methods with us.