Comprehensive Dental Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam for young children, the dentist will clean your child's teeth and evaluate your child's risk of tooth decay.
A dental exam for young children might include application of various protective measures - such as sealants or fluoride treatments - to reduce the risk of decay.
A dental exam for children might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
During a dental exam for children, the dentist will likely discuss your child's diet and oral hygiene habits and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.
During a dental exam for older children / teens, the dentist will:
- Evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene
- Evaluate your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- Evaluate your need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Check your bite and jaw for problems
- Remove any stains or deposits on your teeth
- Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques for your teeth or dentures
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures
During a dental exam, your dentist or hygienist will also ask about any health problems you have or medications you're taking and discuss how they might affect your oral health. If you have diabetes, for example, you're at increased risk of gum disease. Any medication that contributes to dry mouth can increase your risk of tooth decay. If arthritis interferes with your ability to effectively brush your teeth, your dentist or hygienist might show you how to insert the handle of your toothbrush into a rubber ball for easier use — or recommend a powered or electric toothbrush.
Dental exams might also include counseling about diet, use of tobacco products, the health risks associated with tobacco, substance abuse and oral piercings and other lifestyle factors that can affect oral health.