A Dental Exam
A typical exam will include the following:
- A complete evaluation of your gums and bone structure
- A thorough examination for any sign of gum disease
- A thorough visual examination for any sign of oral cancer
- An inspection of your teeth for early signs of tooth decay
- An examination of existing dental treatments to ensure that they are still in good condition
A Dental Cleaning
It is common for a dental exam to be paired with a cleaning by a professional hygienist. Your hygienist will conduct a thorough cleaning which will help maintain excellent oral health. The hygienist will also polish your teeth once they have been cleaned. This not only removes any stains or plaque residual, but it also leave s the teeth bright and shiny.
A good dental cleaning will remove any built-up tartar and plaque that has been missed by daily brushing and flossing. There are just some areas that are difficult to reach on your own. If this build up is not removed, it will harden into calculus over time. This can lead to periodontal disease.
The application of a dental sealant is also an effective preventative treatment, and is especially effective on the biting surface of your chewing teeth. The dentist will apply a tooth-colored coating of sealant to the surface of your teeth. This protects the deep grooves of your tooth surface and acts as a protective barrier against plaque buildup and acids. Ultimately, this sealant will protect hidden surfaces of your teeth from plaque build up and food particles. The treatment can be applied in a matter of minutes and will often last for several years. This treatment is a great tool for preventing tooth decay in children as well as adults.
Dentists have made use of in-office fluoride treatments for many years to strengthen the oral health of all patients. Fluoride can be applied directly to the surface of the tooth or included in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental treatments. The dentist may apply the fluoride as a solution, a gel, a foam, or a varnish. It is often applied with a cotton swab or some type of brush. It may also be administered in a tray which the patient holds in their mouth for a few minutes. After a fluoride treatment is given, the patient will be asked not to eat, drink or rinse for about 30 minutes so that the teeth can absorb the fluoride.
Oral Cancer Screening
To check for any sign of oral cancer, the dentist will examine your overall face, looking for any abnormalities like sores on your tongue or on your jaw. After that, the dentist will evaluate the overall condition of your mouth and teeth, looking again for any signs of concern. If something is spotted, your dentist will more than likely ask you to come back at a later time to conduct a more thorough examination. Like with most dental issues, treatment is easier when oral cancer is caught early on.
If you are looking to protect your smile and live in the New York, NY area, give our office a call! We will be happy to help you schedule an appointment so that you can reach all of your smile goals!