Dental Exams and Check-Ups
How Important is Oral Hygiene?
Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.
Why Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care to help protect you from complications such as cavities, tooth fractures, and gum disease. Most importantly, regular exams allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.
How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined. Depending on your personal health history, we may suggest that you visit more frequently, this is based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities, history of gum disease, and other concerns related to your health.
What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?
During your dental exam, Dr Frideres or Dr. Everson will check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease, assess any current concerns that you have, discuss with you possible future areas of concern, evaluate any issues possibly contributing to sleep quality, and complete an oral cancer screening. We will update any radiographs necessary for diagnostic purposes.
We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your home care routine to promote optimal oral health.
How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?
The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health!