Brushing and flossing are essential daily habits for the prevention of serious oral health complications. However, these habits are only one part of the equation. To maintain optimal oral health, it is also important to have your mouth professionally cared for. Many oral health issues do not exhibit symptoms in their earliest stages, which means these issues can go untreated for quite some time. By the time you notice anything is wrong, the issues have progressed into something more serious and may require more invasive treatment. At Bisson Dentistry, we can detect many different oral health issues in their earliest stages with dental exams.
What is an Dental Exam?
An exam is an overview of your mouth. We check the condition of your mouth, including your teeth, your gums, and your other intraoral tissues, checking for signs of different oral health issues. The American Dental Association recommends dental exams at least once every six months. During your exam, we can spot the earliest warning signs of issues such as cavities and gum disease so that we can provide you with prompt treatment and help you prevent serious complications.
What to Expect During an Exam
Dental exams are fairly straightforward and very simple. We carefully inspect all areas inside your mouth. We check your teeth for signs of physical damage such as chips and cracks, decay, and cavities. Your gums are assessed for redness, swelling, recession, periodontal pockets, and other signs of gum disease. We also look over your other intraoral tissues, looking for unusual growths, lesions, and other abnormalities. This is an oral cancer screening and is an essential part of your routine dental exams.
Another important part of your dental exams is dental X-rays. These images are not taken at every routine exam, but they are important for spotting hidden issues and helping you maintain optimal oral health. Dental X-rays allow us to see the spaces between your teeth as well as the regions below your gum line. We can spot many different types of issues, including
At the end of your dental exam, some time is reserved for discussing with you. We go over any issues that we have found and discussing your potential treatment options. We discuss your oral care habits at home and provide you with tips on how to improve them. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking are discussed. We also make sure to take the time to answer any questions that you might have as well as address your concerns.
Benefits of Dental Exams
There are many benefits associated with dental exams. These benefits include
With routine dental exams, we can detect early warning signs of many different oral health issues, allowing you to get the treatments you need right away. For more information, and to schedule your next dental exam, call Bisson Dentistry at (226) 299-0713 today.