A dental exam is a visit in which a dentist and hygienist take a close look at your oral health. These appointments allow us to find issues in the early stages, and prevent them from threatening your oral health. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about when kids and adults need a dental exam.
When to Schedule a Visit
We want to see you and your family at least once every six months for treatment. This is for kids and two and older, as well as teens, adults, and seniors too. Serious oral health problems, the kind that can threaten smile stability, take several months to form. When you arrive for an exam twice a year, this means we can identify these issues and then treat them before they the strain the stability and comfort of your smile.
What Happens During Your Checkup
The exam involves our team taking a very close look at your smile, even the roots and oral structures not visible to the naked eye, with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. These provide detailed images instantly chairside, and use a fraction of the radiation that traditional x-rays would require. We then make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, identifying areas of concern in their earliest stages. For example, our team can diagnose the presence of cavities, infections, gingivitis, and even gum disease. We watch for TMJ disorder and recuse (teeth grinding), and also screen for oral cancer. For kids, we want to make sure baby teeth arrive and fall out on schedule, and limit the risk of misalignment.
What If We Discover an Issue?
If we discover an issue that needs attention, then we will create a custom treatment plan to address the concern and restore health, beauty, and function of your smile. If we find a cavity, we can offer a lifelike dental filling. We also have custom crowns and other treatments to address concerns we discover. You then avoid worsening symptoms and complications, keeping your smile healthy and comfortable. In the same visit, we will also clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar, a process that limits the risk of cavities and periodontal issues in the future.
If you have any questions about our preventive exams and cleanings, or if you would like to schedule one soon, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT DENTAL CHECKUPS
We would like to help you and your family enjoy better oral health with our preventive appointments! If you would like to find out more about our dental checkup visits, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.