If you are in need of a dental exam, reach out to Lovett Dental Baytown. Our team of experienced and friendly dentists and hygienists can provide the help you need to make sure your oral health is top-notch. We encourage you to have a routine dental exam at least once every six months. Of course, if you have certain oral health issues or problems, your general dentist may recommend that you come more often than that. Always take your dentist’s advice when determining how often you come in for dental exams.
What’s Included in Dental Exams?
When you come in for your dental exam, the first thing that will happen is that your dental hygienist will ask if you have any specific problems that you would like the dentist to address that day. At this time, you should let them know if you have any concerns such as bleeding gums, swollen gums, teeth sensitivity, or even problems involving your mouth or tongue. The reason is that seemingly unrelated problems may have teeth or gum problems as their origin. For example, it may be caused by something to do with your teeth or gums if you have difficulty swallowing. Your dental hygienist will take notes, which your dentist will carefully review. The dentist may ask you to elaborate on any issues that you’ve mentioned. A dental exam may include things like:
- Visual inspection of your mouth
- X-rays, if needed
- Individual checking of the pockets of each tooth
- Bite evaluation to ensure that the upper and lower teeth are coming together properly
- Screening for TMJ
- Examining the teeth for signs of excessive wear and tear
- Overview and updates on your dental and medical history
- Oral cancer screening, if necessary
- Dental cleaning
Your dentist or hygienist may also give you a demonstration and instructions about how to better care for your teeth and gums at home. At-home oral hygiene is just as important as having regular dental exams. Your dentist or oral hygienist may show you how to brush and floss properly, especially if it looks like you’ve developed some plaque or tartar since your last visit. They may also recommend specific brands or toothpaste types to address your specific issues, such as sensitive teeth issues. This is a great time to get clarification about any at-home oral hygiene questions you may have.
The Importance of Dental Exams
Getting a dental exam regularly is crucial for the long-term health of your teeth and gums. It is during the dental exam that your dentist can look for any problems that may be starting. Dental problems always began with small signs and symptoms that could otherwise be easily overlooked. If you have a regular dental examination, your dentist has an opportunity to treat problems while they are still in the beginning stages. However, if you wait too long in between dental exams, there is far more likely that a small problem can develop into something major. If you’ve failed to regularly have your dental exams, you may end up with unnecessary toothaches, loosening of the teeth, or even tooth loss. These kinds of things can be avoided simply by making an appointment to visit your dentist for dental exams regularly.
Reach Out to Lovett Dental Baytown Today
When you are ready to make your appointment for dental exams, please contact us at 281.346.9510. At that time, you can talk to the receptionist and let them know if there will be anything special that you need to discuss. That way, when you come in for your dental exam appointment, there will be ample time for the dentist to address all of your concerns. We look forward to seeing you soon.