Regular dental exams are an essential part of preventive dental care. They help protect your oral health and general wellbeing. A dental exam allows your dentist to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early when they are most treatable.

Why Is It Done?

It is important to have regular examinations even if you are not experiencing any pain. 

Many dental conditions will not show symptoms or cause pain in the early stages. By the time you are experiencing pain or swelling, the disease has already progressed. Through regular dental exams, your dentist can:

  • Identify changes in your mouth
  • Diagnose and address minor issues before they become larger problems
  • Guide you on ways to prevent dental disease
  • Answer any questions and concerns you may have about your dental health
  • Treat any condition that may arise or refer you to the necessary dental specialist

Frequency of Exams

The frequency of your dental exams will depend on your unique dental health care needs. It is recommended that you visit the dentist at least twice per year.

What you can expect

During a complete dental exam, the dentist will:

  • 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 restoration or tooth replacement
  • Check your bite and jaw for problems
  • Check for signs of oral cancer
  • Examine how well your prosthetic replacements (i.e. dentures or bridges) fit and discuss the need for adjustments
  • Remove any deposits or stains on your teeth
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
  • Assess your need for fluoride
  • Take dental x-rays if necessary

During a dental exam, your dentist will also ask about any health problems you have or medications you’re taking and discuss how they might affect your oral health.

If needed, your dentist might recommend making a dental impression of one or both jaws to produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue. This would be used to make a mouthguard.

Regular dental exams are essential in maintaining good oral health. Catching small problems early can provide you with more treatment options and lead to better health outcomes.

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