A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.
Regular dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being. A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to detect any problems as early as possible. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association recommends that adults schedule dental exams every six months or more depending on your dentist’s recommendation.
What should you expect?
- Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X rays are essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Cancer screening: Your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
- *You may also want to discuss any medications you are currently taking and any tobacco use.