Here at Northstar Dental, we carry out dental exams to establish whether a patient has any dental health issues. As such, a dental exam is a comprehensive checkup process that investigates all the dental structures to ascertain whether they are in good condition or find out which kind of intervention is needed. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing your teeth religiously can never guarantee perfect oral health. Dental exams are conducted when you go for your regular dental checkups. It is, therefore, quite essential that you never miss any of these appointments with our office.
During the examination process, we rigorously examine every inch of your mouth. The exam also encompasses organs that are not in your mouth but are related to your mouth in one way or another. The exam looks for any abnormalities that might be caused by infections, injuries, or poor oral hygiene. These are the major causes of dental problems. The dental exam also seeks to catch any possible dental issues before they arise, so that they can be prevented.
How Often Should You get a Dental Exam?
As mentioned earlier, the dental exam is conducted during your regular dental appointment, which is, in most cases every six months. However, there are certain people that are exposed to certain risk factors that might make them susceptible to certain dental health issues. As such, these people might have to come in for a dental exam more frequently than the recommended six months. People with high susceptibility include pregnant women, diabetics, smokers, and any person with a weak immune system.
What to Expect During a Dental Exam?
The exam starts with a physical investigation. The physical exam often involves visual and touch inspections. Our dentists will investigate various structures in your mouth visually to see whether they can spot any abnormalities.
They’ll be looking for issues such as swells, sores, fractures, and many more. For the touch inspection, our dentists will use their hands or tools to feel various parts of your mouth for any abnormalities. This is often done to the tongue, gums, lips and the inner cheeks.
After the physical exam, our dentist will determine whether it is necessary for you to undergo further investigation. Further investigation is often recommended when our dentists suspect there might be a dental health issue.
From there, further investigation might involve oral cameras, digital x-rays, and other equipment depending on which part is being investigated, or what condition you are being checked for. Our dentists will always cap off the dental exam with a dental cleaning procedure to ensure you go back home feeling confident.
For more information, call Northstar Dental at (303) 481-3901 to talk to one of our specialists about any dental health issues that you might be dealing with. We look forward to hearing from you and are always ready to listen and help.