What Happens During Your Dental Exam?

A dental exam is a routine procedure that should be completed every six months or when your dentist suggests. Before the exam, you may be asked about your general health as certain medications can cause dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay. Certain diseases may also mean you are at risk of developing gum disease.

During your dental exam, a dental hygienist or dental will:

  • Check your oral hygiene
  • Check your risk of tooth decay or for any gum or bone disease
  • Evaluate any need for tooth replacement
  • Take dental X-rays if needed or complete other diagnostic procedures
  • Show you proper cleaning techniques for your teeth
  • Do a thorough cleaning and remove any stains and build up on our teeth
  • Check your bite for any jaw issues
  • Check for any cavities and assess if fluoride treatment is needed

If Dental X-Rays Are Required

X-rays may not be required at every visit, but there are various types of X-rays available that will allow dentists to check your bite, the entire tooth and surrounding bone area. Even though the radiation is low, speak with your dentist if you have any questions about the process.

Why a Dental Exam and Cleaning Is Important

Regular dental exams and cleanings not only protect your oral health, but also can have an affect on your overall health. An exam will be the first defense against gum disease and they can also detect more serious oral cancer. Regular cleanings help make sure you have a healthy smile so you will feel more confident with your appearance. Bad oral health can correlate with other problems like stroke, premature, and low birth rate. Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent this.

Contact Smile Center of Silicon Valley to schedule your dental exam and cleaning.