Taking steps to maintain your oral health is essential for preventing serious issues from developing. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day as well as flossing at least once daily. In addition to these daily habits, it is also important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Even with good oral hygiene practices, though, oral health issues can still develop. Moreover, the earliest stages of many issues often show no symptoms. At North Atlanta Family Dentistry, we perform dental exams to detect the presence of oral health issues, allowing you to get the treatment you need to maintain a healthy, happy mouth.
What Is a Dental Exam?
A dental exam is an appointment during which we evaluate the health of your mouth. We look over the structures in your mouth, checking for signs and symptoms of a wide variety of different oral health concerns, including tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, tooth damage, and much more. The ADA recommends that you have routine dental exams performed at least twice a year, or once every six months. These exams are generally performed in the same appointment as your dental cleanings. These types of exams allow us to detect the presence of oral health issues in their earliest stages, enabling us to provide you with the treatment you need to stop the progression of the issue and restore the health of your mouth.
Different Types of Exams
While routine dental exams are recommended to help maintain the health of your mouth, issues may still arise. When you are faced with an oral health issue, we can perform an oral exam to determine the cause of your symptoms and determine the best treatment possible. There are a few different types of exams that can be performed:
What to Expect During an Exam
Your exam is a fairly straightforward process. We look over the condition of your teeth, checking for signs of decay, cavities, and physical damage. We check your gums for redness, swelling, recession, and periodontal pockets. We also assess your intraoral tissues for any abnormalities that might indicate oral cancer or other pathological issues.
Some exams involve the use of x-rays as well. With x-rays, we can see the hidden structures of your mouth. We can spot cavities between your teeth, damage to your tooth roots, bone loss, and damage to your jaw, cysts, abscesses, impacted teeth, and more. These images help to give us a complete picture of your oral health so that we can help you to keep it happy and healthy.
At the end of your exam, we also take some time to discuss any issues that we may have found, along with possible treatment plans. We can provide you with tips on how to improve oral hygiene habits at home. We can also take the time to address any of your concerns and answer your questions.
Benefits of Exams
There are many benefits associated with exams.
With exams, we can detect the presence of a wide array of different oral health issues, enabling you to get the treatment you need to restore your oral health and prevent more serious complications from developing later. For more information, and to schedule your next exam, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry at (470) 387-0500 today.