As 2018 approaches, many people are considering their resolutions for the New Year. Now is a great time to commit to your oral health, and schedule your dental exams for the year. Having a healthy smile means that you feel more confident when you celebrate your successes with friends and family.
What is a Dental Exam?
A dental exam is an important part of having a healthy smile because many dental issues do not cause symptoms until the tooth, gums, and bone have been damaged. During the exam, we:
- Evaluate your oral health
- Identify any issues that could cause problems later
- Perform a professional cleaning and polishing
How are Dental Problems Found During the Exam?
The dental hygienist takes measurements with a probe to determine if you have any bone loss or periodontal disease. We may also take x-rays during the appointment to exam the tooth roots and bone. After the teeth cleaning, Dr. Wright performs a second examination to evaluate your bite, check for cavities and discuss any issues found in the x-rays, including recommendations for treatment.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Exam?
Plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, even with the most diligent home care. Dental exams should be performed every six months so that these deposits can be removed. Going longer than six months may allow the tartar to develop below the gum line and damage the bone. X-rays are taken one time each year.
Can the Hygienist Help Me Take Better Care of My Teeth?
Every dental exam includes education about ways that you can brush and floss better. Our recommendations are based on what we see during the examinations and cleanings, so the information is very useful to our patients. You also receive a new toothbrush and other items that you can use at home.
Ready to Schedule Your 2018 Dental Exams? Contact Centennial Dental Center.
To schedule your 2018 dental exams or learn more about dental cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal treatment and our other services, contact Centennial Dental Center. You can also contact our office in Boise directly at (208) 322-1112. We look forward to hearing from you!