When you come in every six months for your checkup, we will do an exam and a cleaning. The cleaning part of the checkup removes any built-up tartar and plaque from your teeth. While that is very important, the examination is just as important, if not more so. During this time, one of the expert team members here at Everglades Family Dental will carefully look at your teeth, gums, lips, and other parts of your mouth. We look for any potential problems or signs of disease during this exam. If we find anything, we can then do further analysis or discuss treatment options.
What to Expect When You Come in for an Exam
When you come in for an exam, you can expect to answer some basic questions and have us look in your mouth. If you are here as part of your six-month checkup, we will follow the exam with a cleaning. If you are only here because you believe something is wrong, we will typically focus the exam on the area of concern. Most often, we will begin with a visual inspection. If we determine that there is something concerning, we may need to take x-rays or use another type of digital imaging scanner. Typically, most of the exam is done in the dental chair under a bright light so we can see what is going on in your mouth.
What Do We Look For?
When we do a visual exam, we look for a number of things. First, we will check for cavities and damage to your teeth. In addition to checking the fronts of your teeth, we will use a small mirror and flashlight to look at the backs, too. We also check your gums for signs of gum disease and look for signs of oral cancer and other diseases. We may even examine how your jaw fits together to see if you have any issues with your bite. If you have come in with a specific issue, we will still do a general exam just to make certain nothing else is amiss, though we will focus mainly on the issue you are currently experiencing.
After the exam, we will discuss our findings and talk about the next step. In some cases, we may simply remind you to brush and floss more often. In other cases, though, we may need to have you schedule a procedure or come in more often than six months so we can closely monitor an issue.
Why Have an Exam Every Six Months?
There is a reason why we ask our patients to come in every six months. That puts enough time between exams for new conditions to appear but not enough time for them to become serious. By coming in twice a year, we can diagnose and more easily treat a wide range of oral health issues. We can even successfully deal with oral cancer since it will be caught early on.
If you do not have a six-month checkup on the schedule, you should make one now. Call Everglades Family Dental at (754) 764-0465 to make an appointment.