Complete Oral Exam

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Complete Oral Exam

A complete oral exam is a multi-step process that is designed to help the dentist understand your unique health background in order to provide you with the best dental care possible. An oral exam always starts with lots of questions. These questions can include things like family and personal history of illnesses. The illnesses we’ll discuss include a wide variety, from high blood pressure to diabetes. Oral health is often mistakenly understood in isolation. Issues with your health elsewhere in the body have a strong connection to the dental health. Make sure you come prepared to talk about family and personal health histories. Past surgeries, current medication and dietary supplement use, allergies, and past issues with anesthesia will all be discussed.

Once we’ve peppered you with questions, the actual exam is ready to begin. If you’re a new patient or it’s been awhile since we’ve done them, x-rays may be suggested. These provide the dentist with a complete view of the teeth impossible gain by other means. X-rays help diagnose everything from small, developing hard to see cavities to tumors and bone loss.

Next comes the oral cleaning. During the cleaning phase, the hygienist will scrape off accumulated tartar and plaque, probe the gumline to measure the depth of your teeth’s gum pockets, look for cavities, and polish the teeth. Flossing and a fluoride treatment are also part of this process. If it looks like you’ve been missing places during brushing, the hygienist will let you know where to focus your efforts. If you haven’t missed any areas, we’ll just tell you to keep up the good work!

To finish, the dentist will come in to discuss the findings of the exam and answer any questions you have. If issues discovered during the oral exam need to be addressed, the dentist will develop a treatment plan and schedule follow up visits for additional care. You’ll be sent home with a dental care packet, a smile on your face, and that “fresh from the dentist” feeling in your mouth!

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