HOW IMPORTANT IS ORAL HYGIENE?
Your mouth is full of many different bacteria. Bad 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 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 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, patients with a high frequency of cavities and gum disease may need to be seen more than twice a year.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A DENTAL EXAM?
At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, take necessary photos and x-rays, and will check for signs of decay or gum disease. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush 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 hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. 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 about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you. By improving your habits we can ensure your dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.