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What is a Dental Exam?

A critical part of preventive health care is regular dental exams, also called dental checkups or oral exams. The National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a national standard of competence for dentists in Canada. Generally, a dental hygienist or a dentist cleans your teeth during a dental exam and checks for gum disease and cavities. In detail, dental exams include checking your face, neck, and mouth for abnormalities and evaluating your risk of developing other oral problems. Also, dental exams might have other diagnostic procedures such as dental X-rays (radiographs).

Your dentist will likely discuss your oral care and hygiene habits, and diet and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Moreover, other topics might include lifestyle factors affecting oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth. Without a doubt, your overall health, including your oral health, is protected by regular dental check-ups. For instance, symptoms and signs of some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, might first appear in the mouth. Subsequently, if your dentist or dental hygienist finds disease indications, s/he will suggest you see your doctor.

Also, these exams give your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect oral health problems early —when they are most treatable.

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How Long Does A Dental Exam Take?

Generally, dental examinations and hygiene sessions often take less than an hour. However, children often get shorter checkups and cleanings. The time of visits may also be impacted by the frequency of routine dental examinations and cleanings, oral health, and patient age. In order to make sure you are taking the best possible care of your teeth; your dentist will also discuss things like brushing and flossing procedures as part of your examination.

How Often Should I Get Dental Exams?

While most adults and kids should see the dentist every six months, your requirements to safeguard your oral health may need a different schedule. Because problems with oral health can get worse and hurt a lot if they aren’t treated right away. Additionally, if you have ongoing oral health problems, your dentist or dental hygienist can advise scheduling more regular dental checkups. For instance, those who see their dentist for a tooth cleaning as regularly as every three to four months tend to react better to dental treatment than those who have a history of underlying gum disease.

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What happens during dental exams?

Typical dental exams include a cleaning by a dental hygienist or dentist, X-rays on certain visits, and a checkup of your mouth.

Cleanings

  • Firstly, you sit in a chair. Then a bright overhead light shines above. Afterward, a dentist or a dental hygienist cleans your teeth using small metal dental tools. S/he scrapes your teeth to remove tartar and plaque.
  • The dental hygienist or dentist flosses your teeth.
  • S/he brushes your teeth using a special electric toothbrush.
  • S/he may then apply a fluoride gel or foam to your teeth to prevent tooth infection or decay and cavities. Children need more fluoride treatments than adults.
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X-Rays

To explain, dental x-rays are images that show bone loss, gum disease, cavities, and other problems that cannot be seen by looking at the mouth. During x-rays, the dental hygienist or dentist

  • Places a thick covering (a lead apron) over your chest. Following this, s/he may place an additional covering on your neck to protect your thyroid gland. Summing up, they protect your body from radiation.
  • Has you bite a small piece of plastic.
  • Places a scanner outside your mouth. Then, s/he takes a picture while standing behind a protective shield or another area.
  • Instructs biting in different areas of your mouth for certain types of x-rays.

There are different types of dental x-rays. A full-mouth X-ray is needed once every few years to check your overall oral health. However, a bitewing x-ray may be used more often to check for cavities or other tooth problems in dental exams.

Checkups

During a dental exam, the dentist:

  • Checks your x-rays for problems such as cavities.
  • Looks at your gums and teeth to make sure they are healthy.
  • Checks the bite (the way the bottom and top teeth fit together). In addition, you may be referred to an orthodontist if there is a bite problem.
  • Checks for oral cancer by feeling under your jaw, checking the sides of your tongue, the insides of your lips, and the roof and floor of your mouth.
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Dental Land suggests you not to skip dental exams because things that seem “fine” can later lead to a drastically higher cost of care, especially in children whose enamel is thinner and can decay at rapid rates. Then again, if nothing is wrong, we want to help you keep it that way!

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