Dental Exams and Check-Ups

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams allow 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 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, as we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities, and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Can you Expect From a Dental Exam?

At a typical dental exam, our team will review your medical history and ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush and floss, if you use a power toothbrush, if you use a toothpaste with fluoride, and if you rinse with a mouthwash. We will examine the health of your gums as well as check for any signs of tooth decay or destructive tooth wear. Depending on our findings, we may take some x-rays to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems. In most cases, we will then thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any deposits, called tartar or calculus, as well as any surface staining using the assistance of professional dental instruments. Lastly, 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. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will 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. You also want to make sure 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.