Regular dental exams are the backbone of your oral health. Most patients should visit once every six months in order to best prevent cavities, gum disease and other concerns.
Once you’re on a regular exam schedule, you’re actually more likely to avoid dental problems in the first place because you’re more engaged with your dental care and keeping plaque under control. Why not schedule yours today?
What to Expect at Your Next Dental Exam
You won’t have x-rays taken at every exam. We work to limit every patient’s exposure to radiation, and will only take diagnostic x-rays when necessary.
These images aid in the detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss, as well as precise tooth and root positions. X-rays are necessary for treatment planning prior to full mouth reconstruction, as well as cavity detection and more routine evaluation. Without x-rays, Dr. Phillippi would not be able to identify and diagnose disease as early as possible.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dr. Phillippi will examine the oral tissues to ensure that there are no signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer can take hold on the lips, tongue, throat, floor of the mouth, palate, gums and elsewhere in the mouth and throat. With early detection, oral cancer is far more treatable.
Oral Health Evaluation & Discussion
It’s key that you be aware of the state of your oral health. We will share everything we find with you so that you can adjust your oral hygiene accordingly, engage with your health, and prevent disease in the future. We value open communication with our patients. This is also an opportunity for you to learn more about your cosmetic and restorative options if you have been unhappy with the appearance or function of your smile.
Dr. Phillippi will look for cavities, gingivitis or periodontal disease, and other potential concerns. Existing restorations will also be evaluated for decay.
Your dental hygienist will clean plaque and calculus from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that clings to your teeth and irritates the gums. Calculus is plaque that has hardened and is firmly attached to the teeth. Removing these layers allows you to better avoid periodontal disease and decay.
Your hygienist will also polish your teeth to remove any superficial stains. This also creates a fresh, clean sensation in your mouth after your appointment.
Been a little while since your last visit? Don’t hold back from scheduling – we welcome all patients, and would love to see you. Book your exam today.