Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association recommends that you complete a dental exam every six months? It is because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teethand gums. In between those six-month examinations, it is important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, we may even suggest more frequent visits.
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup
appointments we will evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary), examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if we also examines your face, bite, saliva, and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Finally, we will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.
Healthy teeth and gums after a dental cleaning.
Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food,
beverages, and tobacco can stain teeth as well.
If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth (form tartar) and irritate the gum tissue.
THE HEAD & NECK EXAMINATION
- Examine your face
- Examine your neck
- Check your lymph nodes
- Check your lower jaw joints (TMJs)
THE CLINICAL DENTAL EXAMINATION
- Take digital x-rays and pictures
- Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Check for damaged fillings
- Examine the gums
- Look for signs of gum disease
- Check for loose and broken teeth
- Examine your tongue
- Check your bite
- Evaluate any dental appliance you have
- Check the contact between your teeth
THE DENTAL CLEANING
- Check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Remove any plaque and tartar
- Polish your teeth
- Floss between your teet
- Review recommended brushing and flossing techniques
By seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy. For healthy teeth and gums, make certain you follow the instructions of your dentist and dental hygienist. And make regular visits to the dental office. Remember, prevention is the key.