Dental Exams Are Key To Prevention Serious Oral Diseases

close up of teeth examinationWe provide routine dental exams at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates in Wilmington, DE, which can help us prevent and diagnose serious dental concerns such as gum disease and bone atrophy. Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky recommend patients schedule a dental exam every six months to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Apart from detecting oral issues, dental exams often become the first line of defense in the detection and fight against oral cancer. 

Candidates for Dental Exams

We recommend regular dental exams for patients of all ages. Children should see a dentist within six months after getting their first tooth to ensure there are no initial problems that need to be addressed. At our office, we treat patients in all stages of life, from toddlers to seniors, offering comprehensive dental care for your entire family. Routine dental exams can instill proper oral hygiene habits in young children and adolescents, which can prevent future dental issues. Regular dental exams over the course of a patient’s life can result in the patient keeping more of his or her natural teeth, and decrease the likelihood for the need for bridges, implants, or dentures. Patients who have already developed a serious condition, such as gum disease, may require more frequent dental exams to prevent further damage. Dental exams are also an effective method of diagnosing oral cancer when it is still curable. If diagnosed early, oral cancer can be treated effectively.

What to Expect during Your Dental Exam

Routine dental exams are typically scheduled in combination with your dental cleaning, but they may be done separately when necessary. If your exam is combined with a cleaning, one of our skilled hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth with a variety of dental hygienic cleaning tools prior to your examination. X-rays will be taken of your teeth and soft tissue. After your cleaning and x-rays, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for cavities and signs of gum disease. Depending on your age, dental and medical history, and risk factors, your dentist may also perform an oral cancer screening in conjunction with your exam. Your dentist will review your x-rays to closely examine your tooth roots, any fillings, and jawbone. Your bite will also be examined for signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or other problems. Your dentist will recommend and schedule treatment as needed.

Regular dental exams are critical to prevent the development of serious conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay.

Benefits of Regular Dental Exams

Regular dental exams are critical to prevent the development of serious conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay, and allow for early diagnosis and treatment. This prevents the need for painful, lengthy, and expensive procedures in the future, saving you time and money.

Another significant benefit is that dental exams can detect oral cancer when it is still curable. Oral cancer has a high mortality rate, and timely diagnosis can save a patient's life.

Schedule Your Appointment 

Regular dental exams, in conjunction with professional teeth cleaning are an important part of preventive oral health care. Contact us today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. 

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