Be Proactive With Regular Oral Examinations
When you step into a dentist’s office every six months, you get a normal check up to ensure everything is in working order. Oral examinations are just the one step in the oral care process, but why is it so essential?
Why Are Oral Examinations Important?
Did you know most periodontal diseases are entirely preventable? Did you know if you catch gum disease early enough most symptoms and effects are reversible? Periodontal exams are essential for proactive treatment of gum disease. Especially for growing patients, comprehensive dental exams can catch potential issues early and maximize treatment efforts and positive effects.
What Are Comprehensive Dental Exams?
A full oral examination will vary depending on the patients needs, but this is the expected process for most patients:
- Overall health and hygiene: Tooth decay and periodontal disease can often be linked to other medical ailments and poor oral hygiene. For this reason, most oral examinations will begin with an overall evaluation.
- Periodontal risk: Your dentist will analyze your personal risk for tooth decay, bone disease and root decay during your periodontal exams.
- Determine need for tooth restoration: If you need a filling or similar dental solution, your dentist will identify the problem area at this time.
- Check your bite: The way you bite can change overtime, so check for possible jaw and bite problems is part of periodontal exams.
- Stain and plaque removal: Using a variety of techniques, your dentist will clean your teeth as needed.
- Take dental X-rays: X-rays won’t likely be required for every dental visit, but they are great diagnostic tools for comprehensive dental exams.
More About the Dental X-ray
What kinds of X-rays are used for oral examinations? The specific method used will depend on the needs of the patient. However, the most common X-ray types used in periodontal exams are:
- Panoramic X-rays give your dentist a view of your entire mouth.
- Bitewing X-rays allows a good crown view of your upper and lower teeth. You’ll bite on a film holder during the X-ray.
- Occlusal X-rays show how your teeth fit together.
- Periapical X-rays give a view of the tooth and surrounding bone.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler, Dresher & Surrounding
Comprehensive dental exams should take place every six months during your normal dental check ups. To schedule your appointment, give Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania a call at 215.643.0363. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your oral exam and find an appointment that works for you schedule.