Dental exams are much like regular medical exams and physicals – both are preventive measures to help you stay healthy. Oral health has been found to be connected to overall health: periodontal gum disease has been linked to diabetes; pregnancy has been linked to tooth loss; while stress may cause TMJ, dry mouth syndrome and other dental problems.Getting a regular dental exam and cleaning from your dentist is the best way to prevent oral diseases and further dental costs. A dental exam for children is usually recommended once your child has 4 teeth in his mouth. Your child be be taught how to brush and floss properly reinforcing that dental care and oral hygiene as a valuable part of your child’s life.
Dental exams include examination of diagnostic x-rays to help detect tooth decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. Dental x-rays can also determine tooth and root position.
A professional teeth cleaning involves having accumulated plaque removed from your teeth. To help harden your teeth and prevent cavities, your dentist may apply flouride.