Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care. The American Dental Association recommends that adults schedule regular dental exams at intervals determined by a dentist.
Regular dental exams help protect not just your oral health, but also your overall health. For instance, signs and symptoms of some systemic diseases might show up in the mouth first. The exam gives us a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect oral health problems early — when they’re most treatable.
Reasons for Dental Exams
Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
Evaluate your need for restoration or replacement
Remove stains or deposits on your teeth
Take dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures
During a dental exam, we will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The exam includes evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems and checking your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. We will also discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
If you’re anxious about having a dental exam, share your concerns with us. We can work to adjust your treatment to help you feel more comfortable.