Centennial Dental Center of Boise, Idaho
A Dental Exam is the First Step to a Healthy Smile
- gum disease
- teeth extractions
- root canals
Why Visit the Dentist Twice a Year?
We take x-rays
We’ll Examine Your Mouth
Before Dr. Wright sees you, your hygienist examines your mouth. He or she will first look for signs of tooth decay and any areas of softening enamel. This is an early sign of decay. Next will come measurements of the pockets around your teeth. These measurements tell us if your gums are receding and whether gum disease is causing bone loss. Finally, your bite will be evaluated. Again, this check is important for children with rapidly developing teeth.
We’ll Screen for Oral Cancer.
Both your hygienist and Dr. Wright will check for signs of oral cancer during your dental exam. We’ll examine your head, neck, and lips, along with your mouth tissues including your tongue. This is when we pull on your tongue, push on your glands below your jawline, all of that. The reason we do this is simple —oral cancer treatment is very successful IF it is caught early.
We’ll Scale and Clean Your Teeth.
We’ll scale your teeth, which means we’ll use picks and other dental tools to remove all of the tartar that has formed on your teeth. We’ll then polish your teeth with a special gritty paste that removes stains and polishes the enamel. See our dental cleaning page to learn more.
We May Apply Fluoride or Sealants.
If we’re dealing with our younger patients, our final step during a dental exam will be to apply fluoride, long proven to effectively protect teeth. And if we haven’t done so already, we’ll apply a resin sealant to the molars to prevent bacteria and food debris from getting down into the deep cracks in the molars.
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