Taking care of your mouth is essential for preventing serious oral health issues. The American Dental Association recommends daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional cleanings. While these components of oral hygiene are important, even the most diligent individuals can still be faced with issues. Unfortunately, many oral health issues exhibit no symptoms until they have become worse and require more invasive treatments. At Winning Smile Dental Group, we can detect issues in their early stages, enabling you to get the treatments you need right away, with dental exams.
What Is a Dental Exam?
Along with regular professional cleanings, the ADA recommends that you have a dental exam at least twice a year. Regular dental exams are usually performed in the same appointment as your cleanings. Other exams may be performed if an issue arises. During your regular dental exams, your teeth are checked for signs of damage. Your gums are examined, and checked for gum recession. We also perform an oral cancer screening. We can spot signs of oral health issues in their earliest stages. In spotting issues early, we can provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health and prevent more serious complications from occurring.
The Different Types of Dental Exams
There are several different types that we perform. These exams include:
Comprehensive exams. These types of exams are typically performed if it is your first time in our office or it has been a while since your last checkup. A comprehensive exam includes a thorough visual exam and x-rays.
Periodic exams. A periodic exam is your regular dental exam that is performed every six months. At each appointment, your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues are examined, and your information is updated.
Limited exams. This type of exam is performed when you are experiencing specific symptoms, and we are diagnosing the cause. Depending upon your symptoms, you may or may not need x-rays.
Follow-up exams. A follow-up exam is performed after you have undergone treatment for an oral health issue.
What Can I Expect at an Exam?
During your dental exam, your teeth are checked for signs of chips, cracks, decay, uneven and excessive wear, and other issues. Your gums are checked for signs of gum disease, including redness, swelling, and gum recession. We also examine your other oral tissues for unusual changes and other abnormalities that may point toward oral cancer.
Once we are finished checking your mouth, we take the time to have a discussion with you about lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking, and oral care habits. We discuss any issues that we find during your exam and go over your available treatment options. Time will also be taken to answer any questions and address any concerns that you might have.
Getting a Full Picture With Dental X-rays
Dental x-rays are an important part of your exams. While they are not taken at every regular exam, they are an essential piece of your oral healthcare record. X-rays allow us to see the hidden areas of your mouth. We can spot cavities between your teeth, damage to your tooth roots, the condition of your jawbone, the development of teeth, and more. X-rays provide us with a complete picture of your mouth so that we can better help you to maintain your oral health.Read More about Dental X-Rays
Dental exams are essential for detecting oral health issues and allowing you to get the treatments you need before they become worse. For more information, or to schedule your dental exam, call Winning Smile Dental Group today at (224) 307-4977.