Here at DHG we have a saying: “The best dental care begins before there’s ever a problem.” Regular dental exams help us solve small issues before they become big ones. They’re a key preventative measure that will help keep your mouth, teeth, gums and bones healthy both now and for years to come.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
A good dental exam with one of our dentist will have several parts.
First, we’ll start with a simple chat, asking you questions about your flossing and brushing habits and coaching you where we feel you need a little help. We’ll also ask about a range of other topics that affect your oral health, such as the medications you’re taking. By having an idea of your complete medical history we can then be aware of any health conditions that may affect the success of dental treatments or procedures or that may be associated with oral health problems. The following are some examples of what one of our dentists will be looking for during your exam.
- Teeth that may be missing, decayed or damaged.
- Gum condition and signs of periodontal disease.
- How past dental work has fared over time. This could include root canals, crowns and fillings to name a few.
- Oral cancer
- Suspicious looking cysts or growths.
- The bite and positioning of your teeth.
- Bruxism (grinding your teeth which can then cause a headache or sore jaw).
- Checking your tongue and the roof of your mouth for inflammation and bleeding.
- The functionality of your temporomandibular joint.
- the general condition of the bones in your face, jaw and around your mouth
As well as an examining your mouth our dentists will also:
- Feel your glands and the lymph nodes around your neck for signs of inflammation
- Examine your dental x-rays. This allows us to see any problems such as fractures, decay, impacted wisdom teeth and cavities.
- Checking your vital signs and providing screening for high blood pressure (hypertension)
Good oral hygiene practices are essential not only for keeping your mouth free of pain and your teeth looking great, but also for maintaining your overall health. Contact the specialists at DHG today to make your appointment!