Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, along with regular dental visits, are essential habits for preventing serious oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. However, even with proper preventive measures, problems can still occur. The longer these problems go undiagnosed and untreated, the worse they become, leading to serious infections and missing teeth. At National Dental Williston Park, we provide oral exams, which allow us to help you protect the health of your mouth.
Dental exams are designed so that we can get a closer look at all of the structures within your mouth. It is recommended that you have at least two dental exams each year (these exams are typically done when you have your dental cleanings). All structures within your mouth are looked over. We check for signs of cavities, damage, and gum disease. We can spot signs of issues in their earliest stages and take measures to prevent them from worsening.
Types of Dental Exams
There are a few different types of oral exams:
- Comprehensive oral exam. A comprehensive exam is done when it is your first time at our office. We also perform comprehensive exams when it has been a while since your last visit. These exams involve X-rays.
- Periodic oral exams. A periodic exam is your regular 6-month check up. We look at your mouth and update your information from your previous visit.
- Limited oral exams. A limited exam is one that is done to diagnose the cause of specific symptoms. We will typically take X-rays for a better look.
- Follow-up exams. A follow-up exam is done following an oral procedure. This exam is used to monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing properly.
How is an Exam Performed?
An oral exam is typically done following your cleaning and is a fairly straightforward procedure. We begin by taking a look at the visible structures within your mouth. We check your teeth for signs of damage (chips and cracks) as well as tooth decay and cavities. We will check the condition of any dental restorations that you have, such as crowns, veneers, fillings, and bridges. We will check your gums for signs of redness and swelling, checking for gum disease. We will also examine your other oral tissues, checking for signs of anything odd, and even look at your face and neck for swelling. This is part of the oral cancer screening that is a part of every regular oral exam.
Once we have finished looking over your mouth, we will then discuss with you. We will ask you questions regarding your oral hygiene habits at home. You will be asked about your lifestyle habits, such as smoking and drinking. We can provide you with tips on how to improve your oral care regimen, and we will take the time to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
X-rays are a crucial element in your oral health care plan. While we don’t take them during every visit, they provide us with valuable insight into the hidden structures of your mouth. With X-rays, we can spot issues in their earliest stages, and take the appropriate measures to prevent them from growing worse. At National Dental, we use digital X-ray technology, which allows us a much better view of your mouth and greatly reduces your exposure to radiation.
With oral exams, we can spot issues early, and take action to prevent them from growing worse. To schedule your oral exam, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.