There are a lot of misconceptions regarding dental health. One of the most common is the belief that you need to visit our office only when you have a dental problem. We would much rather see you on a regular basis so we can prevent dental issues rather than treat them. Ignoring your dental health only leads to painful problems in the future. If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, we recommend you visit us at our office and let us take a look at your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and in good condition.
Proper Examination of Your Teeth and Gums
Just because you do not suffer from any sort of irritation or uncomfortable feeling in your mouth does not mean you have good oral health. Several dental issues creep up very silently and, while they may not show initial signs of damage, once they start showing symptoms the condition can get serious very quickly. Gum infections happen to be one of those issues and those who ignore dental exams can end up suffering from gum infections that are very difficult to treat.
Similarly, a small cavity may not necessarily cause you any pain at first. Small cavities will be spotted during a dental exam and can be filled before serious damage occurs.
A dental exam is a critical part of your overall good health and there is no need to be fearful of them. Please let us know your concerns so we can address them and help you to feel more comfortable during the exam.
During your dental exam, we will check your teeth for cavities, gum disease, or abnormalities. X-rays are typically part of the exam, and we will evaluate your risk for problems in the future. We will provide tips for oral hygiene and lifestyle changes that may affect your oral health. If dental issues are found, we will discuss the most appropriate treatment and make follow-up appointments to address them.
Regular dental exams help us ensure that your teeth and gums are in good health. If there early signs of decay or infections we can treat it right at the start. In addition, some signs of systemic disease, like lupus, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis may make their appearance in your mouth before you experience any symptoms. In this case, the dentist will suggest that you make an appointment to see your physician.
Fewer Dental Issues Over the Long Term
Having dental exams on a regular basis, even if you do not have any dental problems, can mean you experience fewer dental issues over the long term. We can also make corrections to your dental hygiene routine and suggest new methods or products to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Even if you do not have your natural teeth it is important to have dental exams on a regular basis to check for issues with your replacement teeth.
Getting timely advice and understanding of how to maintain your good oral health is important. If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, give us a call at (941) 629 - 4400 or visit our office at Oak Dental Care to schedule your dental exam.