What to Expect from Your Dental Exam

Dental inspection

Most dentists recommend that you undergo a routine dental hygiene examination at least twice a year, even if you take excellent care of your teeth at home. Many people have a fear of going to the dentist so they don’t get the checkups they need. If you see your dentist regularly, however, you will be able to maintain a healthier mouth and avoid the need for more serious treatments. Here is a look at what a routine dental exam will entail:

  • A Visual Evaluation: At the beginning of your dental hygiene examination, your dentist will use a dental probe, a spot light, and mirror to look into your mouth. Your dentist will examine the size, shape, and color of your teeth to try and assess how well you’re taking care of your teeth. He or she will also check to see if there is any abnormal wear, chips, or divots on your teeth as these could be signs of tooth decay. After your dentist has fully examined your teeth, he or she will check your gums for inflammation, redness, slight bleeding, and any other signs of gum disease.
  • Stain and Plaque Removal: Most dental exams are accompanied by a complete dental cleaning. This isn’t always the case, but combining treatments can save time. Plus, you’ll have a better chance of staving off cavities and gum disease by having your teeth professionally cleaned regularly. During the cleaning, your dentist will use specialized tools and oral cleaners to remove plaque and tartar from the surface and base of your teeth. He or she will also floss your teeth and demonstrate proper cleaning techniques to use at home.
  • Dental X-Rays: After the initial examination, your dentist will take X-rays of your teeth to look for early signs of tooth decay. If your dentist finds evidence of tooth decay, he or she will recommend that you undergo a composite filling procedure right away to stop the spread of dental decay.

If you’re in need of a dental exam and cleaning, call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 882-5525. We can take care of your smile with cosmetic, preventative, and restorative dental services. 

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