When it comes to good oral hygiene, most patients know of the importance to perform the daily tasks of brushing and flossing their teeth. However, not every person does their best to follow this daily ritual. Furthermore, a crucial part of ensuring good oral health, that is often neglected, is receiving a dental cleaning and comprehensive dental. It is recommended that a patient should have a dental cleaning and oral exam every six months. These exams are an important preventative measure for patients and can help detect any dental issues that could be only be caught during the exam.

Dental Evaluation – This portion of the exam is aimed at reviewing your medical history and background as well as looking into the current state of your oral health. Your dentist is specifically looking out for any signs of dental issues as well as aspects of your past health that could result in dental issues developing.

Cavity Check – Your dentist will also evaluate the inside of your mouth, checking the state of each tooth and that you are practicing good oral hygiene measures to avoid the development of cavities. If a cavity is found, your dentist will fill it during this visit to avoid further complications.

Teeth Cleaning – Typically this aspect of the visit is done to ensure your teeth are free of plaque and build-up. Your teeth will be cleaned using special tools to enhance the cleaning process. This ensures all the hard to reach areas we often miss are cleaned out adequately.

Bite and Jaw Examination – Your dentist will check the position of your bite as well as the state of your teeth; checking to see if any of your teeth have shifted. This can be common for individuals who have missing teeth, are prone to grinding, have a natural over or underbite, and more.

Dental X-rays – Your dental hygienist will take x-rays of your teeth to make sure the entire structure of each tooth is in good health. This can also include your gums and tissue surrounding the tooth, clearing you from any cavities, root canals, or gum diseases.

A comprehensive exam can take some time, however, it is important to receive an oral exam and dental cleaning at a minimum of twice a year, to ensure you are in good oral health. An exam can actually take under an hour if your dental team is diligent and there are no present issues that need further evaluation.