Dental exams are an essential part of your oral health. In addition to at-home dental care, such as brushing and flossing, you should also have your teeth examined by a professional dentist at least once a year. Our professionals at Summit Dental Group will provide all of the necessary parts of a dental exam to ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy.
The Importance of Exams
You likely have a routine of brushing and flossing at home, which is great. However, it takes a professional to determine the state of your oral health. Dental exams are important for addressing concerns that you may have or finding abnormalities that you may not have been aware of. These exams are a great preventive measure that keep you from experiencing various dental health conditions. Certain diseases of the teeth can also lead to other physical health complications, so dental exams are a key to your overall health as well. They also give you a way to monitor your teeth and make sure there are no changes occurring that should not be.
During the first part of your exam, you may meet with one of our dental hygienists to get a deep cleaning of the teeth prior to the exam. This ensures that all plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth and gumline. Our dental hygienists will clean your teeth with scaling, brushing, and flossing. You may receive fluoride treatment as well, though this does not need to happen at every exam. During the latter part of your exam, when you meet with your dentist, they may also do some light cleaning as well to ensure your teeth are totally free of any debris.
Periodically, you will receive x-rays as part of your exam. This ensures that your teeth are in place, aligned correctly, and not damaged in areas you cannot see, underneath the gums. Prior to the x-ray, we will give you a protective covering over your neck and chest to prevent unnecessary radiation to other parts of your body. To do the x-ray, you will bite down on a small piece of plastic. This helps to focus the x-ray and also keep your mouth still. You will receive x-rays on both sides of your mouth.
During the exam you will meet with one of your dentists to discuss any concerns either of you have. The dentist may do a bit of cleaning here as well. Your dentist will review your x-rays, may check your bite using colored paper, and will examine your mouth. This part is very important because it allows your dentist to check for oral cancer as well. They will look at your teeth, gums, and tongue to ensure there are no signs of cancer or other issues. Your dentist will discuss the results of these tests with you at this point. To finalize, you will then receive some instructions for at-home dental care. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure your teeth stay healthy year-round. To schedule an exam with Summit Dental Group, you can contact us today.