What Happens During a Dental Exam?
• Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
• Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
• Evaluate your need for tooth restorations or tooth replacements
• Check your bite dynamics and joint health
• Assess your need for fluoride
• Counsel about diet, use of tobacco products and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health.
• Ask about any health problems you have and how they might affect your oral health. (For example, if you have diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis or heart disease, you’re at increased risk of gum disease)
• Ask about your current medications. (For example, some medications can contribute to dry mouth which may increase your risk of tooth decay.
• Examine removable dental prostheses (such as partial or full dentures) to determine proper fit and patient comfort.
• Take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures. X-rays are not typically needed at every dental visit. Radiation exposure from dental X-rays is very low.
• Look for signs of oral cancer under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth.
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm