A lot of people have preconceived notions of what a dental exam entails. This article will explain what happens during a regular exam…
Time For An Annual Dental Exam?
We get it. Most people are busy and going to the dentist is usually not that much fun. However, an annual dental exam is something that you should consider for the health of your mouth. A lot of people mistakenly think that regular brushing and flossing is enough. It isn’t. A lot of minor problems can get worse if not treated immediately.
As part of your dental exam, your dentist should review your medical history, as well as any dental work you may have had done. the most important part of any exam is communication. Talk to your dentist and answer her or his questions. Keep them up to date on any new health conditions or medications you’re on. This is all groundwork for the exam itself.
Your Dentist and a Proper Inspection of Your Mouth
After you and your dentist have gone over a few things, then it’s time for a visual exam of your mouth. Your dentist will inspect your teeth for any signs of tooth decay or stains. If you have any crowns, bridges, or implants, these will also be inspected too.
Technologies have advanced significantly since the early days of dentistry. Nowadays, dental x-rays are only one of the tools that a dentist can use. In some cases, a video exam will be done by using an ingenious micro-camera. Sometimes, the dentist will administer the bulk of the exam, and other times, a trained dental assistant will and the dentist will review the results of the dental exam with you. Above all else, don’t be shy.
As we discussed above, communication is key. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them. If you don’t think of any questions during the dental exam, then by all means call your dentist and get them answered.
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What Happens in a Dental Exam Part 1
What Happens in a Dental Exam Part 2