The importance of routine dental exams should not be underestimated. Your oral health is an important part of your overall wellbeing, and dental exams allow your dental professional to detect any potential issues in their earliest stages when they are easier and less expensive to treat. It is recommended to schedule an appointment every six months to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
During your checkup, your dentist will examine your mouth carefully to evaluate your overall oral hygiene and review the risk of tooth or root decay, gum disease, and bone disease. It will be at this time that your dentist determines if any treatment is required.
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As part of your exam, your dentist will take x-rays (radiographs) which provide an analysis of parts of the mouth that are normally hidden from view. These x-rays allow for the detection of cysts, tumours, decay, and bone loss. They are also useful for determining tooth and root positions.
Another important part of your dental exam involves an oral cancer screening, which includes an examination of the neck, jaw, tongue, roof and floor of the mouth, inside of the lips, and cheeks. Your dentist will be looking for early signs and symptoms including:
- Lumps and rough spots
- Red or white sores or spots
- Bleeding sores that are not healing as expected
- Pain, tender spots, or numbness anywhere in your mouth
- Difficulty with normal functioning such as swallowing or chewing
Other elements may be warranted, based on the individual. For example, if you wear a nightguard due to the grinding of your teeth, it will be examined to ensure that it is functioning as intended.
Dental exams will provide your dentist with the information needed to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, benefiting your overall health. It will also help pinpoint any weaknesses in your oral health routine so that you can properly care for your teeth between visits.
For more information about how regular dental exams can benefit you, contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions.