Oral Health Exam

Oral Health Exam

We believe that the best teeth are your own teeth, and as your dental team, our primary concern is to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.

We may recommend treatment for any one of the following:

  • Prevention

    To keep your gums, and teeth healthy.

  • Restoration

    To restore oral health by treating damaged teeth and gums, or replace lost teeth.

  • Aesthetic

    To improve the appearance of your teeth and mouth.

The oral health exam more aptly describes what is commonly referred to as a dental check-up. This is one of the most overlooked dental procedures and plays a major role in disease prevention.

The goal of a dental health exam is to identify and screen for the following:

  • Caries (cavities)

    A regular oral health exam can prevent a simple cavity from becoming a dental abscess. A common misconception is that a cavity always hurts, and that if nothing is hurting then nothing is wrong. Unfortunately, cavities and other dental conditions rarely hurt. It is not uncommon during a dental health exam to find teeth that are completely decayed or broken down, without the patient being aware.

  • Periodontal disease

    This is an insidious type of gum disease that progresses slowly and is almost never painful to the patient. Regular monitoring by a dental health professional is required to detect it in the early stages.

  • Oral cancer

    Screening for oral cancer is a routine but important part of a dental examination. It is even more important for smokers. A small spot or sore can be the sign of something more serious. An oral health exam implies the examination of the entire mouth, which is essential for the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.

The oral health exam is usually combined with a dental cleaning. Cleaning involves the removal of recurring dental calculus (tartar) and plaque. The regular removal of these materials helps maintain healthy gums.

As your dental health professionals, we know that prevention goes a long way towards reducing future problems, thereby avoiding undue pain, and prolonged and more expensive dental treatments. Regular oral health exams are a fundamental aspect of preventative care.