Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings are not all that you need to keep your mouth, teeth, and smile beautiful and healthy. It is also important that you get routine dental exams by a qualified dentist or dental hygienist. During your examination, your teeth, gums, and mouth will all be checked for any changes or signs of a problem, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or early signs of cancer. Keep reading to learn even more about dental exams.
Why Should I Get a Dental Exam? – Dr. Claudio Miro
Visiting your dentist regularly for dental exams is vital for your oral and overall health. But dental exams are also important for so many other reasons.
Reasons for dental exams:
- Detect any changes or signs of a problem.
- Dental recommendations to fix or prevent any problems.
- Protects your oral health.
A comprehensive dental exam is an essential part of catching and preventing any oral health issues.
Knowing what to expect is an easy way to ensure that you get the most out of your dental exam. During your dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will evaluation your overall health and oral hygiene, check your bite and jaw for problems, conduct oral cancer exams, take a series of dental x-rays, take dental impressions, as well as discuss everything found and make recommendations. In the below tabs, we go more in-depth to each specific part of dental examinations.
A dental x-ray is an important part of your dental exam because it enables the dentist to see detailed images of your mouth in order to see if there are any issues below the surface of your mouth. Dental x-rays require you to bite down on a piece of plastic while an x-ray imaging machine is paced against your cheek. The resulting image allows the dentist to see exactly what is happening in your mouth and assign the needed oral care.
Early detection of oral cancer is extremely important, especially if you’re age 35 or older. As a result, during dental exams, the dentist or dental hygienist will search for signs of oral cancer. They will feel the area under your haw, the insides of your lips and cheeks, the sides of your next, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
In order to help the dentist or dental hygienist evaluate your bite or make a mouthguard or bleaching trays, dental impressions are also conducted during your routine dental examination. A dental impression of one or both jaws will be taken in order to produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue.
Before Your Dental Exam
Before your dental exam, make sure that your family history prepared as well as a list of any questions or concerns that you have regarding your oral health. Doing so helps ensure an effective dental exam.
During Your Dental Exam
During your dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will use a metal probe with a small angled mirror to see behind and between teeth and hums, as well as check for the softening of tooth enamel and dentin.
After Your Dental Exam
After your dental exam, make sure to maintain your oral health by following any recommendations given by your dentist or hygienist, brushing and flossing twice daily, eating a nutritional diet, and scheduling your next dental exam in six months.