Going to the dentist for regular dental exams is an important part of keeping your smile healthy and happy. Yet, we at Dest Family Dentistry understand that it can be something of a mystery to our patients as to what, exactly we are doing. So we want you to know what we dentists do during dental exams.
First, we will go around your mouth and measure any pockets around your teeth. When you begin to develop gum disease, one of the first signs is the development of pockets where the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth. These pockets can be trouble spots, as bacteria can grow in them—causing you major issues down the road.
We will measure the depth of any pockets around your teeth. Following this, we will usually engage in a practice called scaling and planing. Using a special tool, we will clean any plaque or tartar from your teeth—focusing below the gum line, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
We will closely inspect your teeth during your dental exams, looking for signs of wear and tear or damage. We will also look to see if we see the beginnings of any cavities.
In addition, we check your soft tissue for things such as oral cancer. While oral cancer may sound very scary to you, if it is caught early enough it is usually easily treated. This is why it is so important that we inspect your cheeks, gums, and other soft tissue to see if we detect any signs of cancer.
Finally, we will floss and polish your teeth, helping to give them the protection they need to keep doing their job until the next time we see you. So, if it’s time for your dental exam, come see us at Dest Family Dentistry, and we will give you every bit of the attention and care that you need!