What is a Dental Exam?

Generally, during your initial visit to a dentist or a re-visit after a prolonged absence, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental examination. This will include collecting information on the status of your oral health, eating, drinking or other habits affecting oral health. The dentist or a hygeinist will perform a regular dental examination including the following:

  • Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Dental X-rays will be used for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Check the conditions of current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Screening for oral cancer

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar)
  • Removal of plaque
  • Polish the teeth to remove any stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling at the dental office.

What is Dry Mouth

Reduced saliva flow results in dry mouth and is often seen in older adults. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent

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What is a Denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding soft tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in

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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information to the dental health professional, not visible during a regular dental exam. The

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