Going to the dentist is an important part of your dental health. You need to have a check-up and a cleaning every six months in order to keep your teeth in tip-top condition as well as keeping your smile nice and white. An oral examination is the best way to accomplish this goal. The dentist will also check your gum health and usually are able to stop any type of illness or discomfort in the early stages.
The Oral Exam
When you go to the dentist for your oral examination, the dental hygienist will usually see you first. They will call you back to the examination room and they will ask you some questions about your overall dental health. They will ask you if you have been experiencing any pain or if there has been any bleeding from your gums while you are brushing. This is to check for the presences of periodontal disease. Next, during the oral examination, the dental hygienist will begin to clean your teeth. They will also look for any visible cracks, cavities, and decaying teeth and look at other important areas.
The hygienist will review the most important areas of your mouth. But before this can take place, they will review your medical history with you. This will help the dentist come in and access any situations that have arisen due to family genetics.
Next during the oral examination, the hygienist will complete an oral cancer screening. This will include your face, lips, neck, tongue, throat, all of the tissues in the mouth and your gums to check for any signs of the early onset of oral cancer. The last thing in the oral examination that the dentist will examine, is other things that have already been completed, such as any fillings that have been completed or any crowns and also check for any new cavities or any teeth that need to be removed, like your wisdom teeth, for example.
Usually, the dentist will want to take x-rays of your mouth in order to see if your teeth need any treatment from the inside instead of the outside. X-rays are the only way to see any hidden problems. These areas especially below the gum line are only seen through an x-ray. X-rays are usually taken every nine to 12 months. X-rays are a really important part of the oral examination.
If you are ready to schedule your next oral examination, contact us today and schedule your consultation. During your consultation, not only will you receive your oral examination, but you will also be able to ask any questions or show the dentist any areas that need their attention. Carnegie Dental Clinic is conveniently located in Victoria, BC.