General Dentistry

Dental Exam 
Preventing Problems Before They Start

Your teeth and mouth are very important to the overall well being of your body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting your dentist for a comprehensive exam is essential. It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. 
 

Routinely see your dentist for exams to; 
 

  • Prevent tooth decay & gum disease 

  • Determine possible factors such as crowded, misaligned teeth, signs of clenching/grinding/cavities/ and other causes that may lead to damaged enamel or tooth loss

  • Detect dental treatment early to avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures that can be easily avoided

  • Shorten the time spent to see your Dentist

  • Help your teeth last a lifetime 
     

The Exam

Your dentist routinely examines your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and helps detect other health problems early. Your dentist may recommend x-rays to see what is happening between your teeth. Digital x-rays, help your dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye. Dental x-rays are usually recommended every year or more depending on your level of risk for cavities. On occasion, emergency dental care may require an x-ray sooner. 
 

Professional Cleanings 

Your dental hygienist helps ensure you maintain the health of your gums. They will begin by doing an oral cancer screening followed by a gum assessment to ensure your gums adhere to your teeth tightly and that no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occuring. They examine build up levels, make notes of possible cavities, and utilise this time to determine risk factors that are leading to gum disease, tooth decay, or wear of enamel, or risks to your oral & overall health. 
 

Your Hygienist will then carefully clean your teeth with a variety of instruments to remove hard mineral buildup (also known as tarter) from your teeth. Then your hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and may apply fluoride. Dental Cleanings usually aren't painful, but if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let your hygienist know. They may offer options such as needleless anaesthetic, anaesthetic, or different instrument techniques. If your dentist diagnosis or your Hygienist sees a possible tooth decay or gum disease, they will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, they may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, your dental hygienist will probably recommend that you continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual. Before you leave, your Dental Hygienist will provide specific instructions for your at home care and may provide you with dental samples to aid in your daily routine.