Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for reducing/limiting bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease (a more serious form of gum disease which affects the gums and supporting bone structure) 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 oral health, some systemic conditions, your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities, gum disease, loss of teeth and damage to the TMJ. 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 are good for your overall health and should generally take place every six to twelve months. However, consult with our team to decide how often. We suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as oral hygiene, systemic conditions such as diabetes, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At your dental exam, we will check for signs of decay, gum disease, cracks in teeth, and TMJ issures.  X-rays may be performed to provide a more detailed evaluation of your oral health and to more accurately identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care 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.Generally when we do a dental exam, it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more hard to see areas. Please be 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. A routine cleaning can sometimes be scheduled at the time as an exam.