Dental Exam

Dental exams are crucial to healthy oral care

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: November 29, 2011

Dental Exam Defined

Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums and the natural whiteness of teeth means yearly visits to the dentist, thorough oral hygiene at home and avoidance of foods and drinks that will stain or weaken your teeth.

Protecting your oral and dental health is vital to maintaining the overall health of your body. Dentists recommend patients have check-ups every six months to ensure there are no underlying problems with your teeth and gums.

If detected early, most dental problems can be treated with routine dental treatments. Regular dental consultations allow your dentist to monitor small tooth cavities, cracks and erosion on tooth enamel, examine the positioning of your teeth to ensure your bite is correct and check that any previous treatment, such as dental fillings, crowns or bridges, has not been damaged.

Dentists also use routine dental appointments to examine your mouth for any signs of jaw and gum disease or oral cancer

Dental Exam Procedure

Dental problems occur mostly from bacteria and plaque build-up inside the mouth which leads to tooth decay requiring reconstructive dentistry. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day removes most of the plaque and tartar. When you visit a dentist for a check-up you will be scheduled with an appointment with a dental hygienist at the same time.

Dental hygienists will give teeth a deep clean using a scale and root polish technique to remove any build-up of stubborn plaque and tartar that can lead to periodontal gum disease and damage to the overall health of your mouth and body.


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