Routine Dental Care
Routine dental exams are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help you avoid expensive dental fixes that result when dental issues are left unattended. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice per year for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught early, while they are easiest to remedy.
What to Expect at Your Exam
We know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of dental care, which is why you can count on our every effort to make you comfortable during your appointment, starting as soon as you walk through the door.
Your oral health is our priority, which is why we conduct each of the following as an important part of the exam process:
- Medical history review: Any new medical conditions or illnesses will be assessed to determine the possible impact on your dental health.
- Oral examination: Your mouth will be checked for cracked or decayed teeth.
- Oral cancer screening: The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and gums will be checked for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Gum and bone health will be checked and any signs of periodontal disease will be addressed.
- Examination of existing restorations: Current fillings, crowns, and other restorations will be checked for proper functioning and any signs of wear and tear.
We believe that using the safest, most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. This dedication is why we utilize advanced, digital X-ray technology, allowing us to save time, provide clearer dental photos and protect patients by minimizing radiation exposure.
Oral Cancer Screening
Our office is not only dedicated to your smile, we’re also committed to your overall wellness. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early, which is why we make screenings a priority during exams.
Here at Ennis Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms are identified. During the screening, our experienced team will examine your entire oral cavity, as well as your face and throat to detect any abnormalities. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
- Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- A lump, thickening, or rough spot
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
Neglecting your at-home and professional oral hygiene routine could result in periodontal disease, which can cause damage to your teeth, requires additional intervention and added cost. Preventative care is your best defense!