For many of us, exams can be a bad word. It reminds many people of sweating through high school, community college or college exams, with the scantrons and the little blue exam books. However, not all exams are bad. In fact, we love exams, because they allow us to find a small problem before it becomes a big problem. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? If you are worried about having an exam, let Dynamic Dental Care be the first one to change your mind. If you let us examine your teeth, we can not only help you keep your teeth for life, but we might also be able to spot an issue and save your life. Keep reading for more information.
What Happens During an Exam?
You should come in and let us examine your teeth once every six months. It may seem as if we aren’t checking for a whole lot when we’re checking your mouth, but we are actually checking for several different issues. Some of those issues are specifically related to your teeth and gums, others are a warning signal for other problems you may be having in your body.
Do you remember when you had your last dental exam? If you know that it has been longer than six months, it’s time to come in again. You need to have your teeth checked every six months so that we can make sure there are no serious problems going on in your mouth.
We will examine your mouth in a series of steps. First, if it has been awhile since you had dental x-rays, we will need to x-ray your teeth. X-rays are one of our best tools for finding problems in your mouth or tracking changes to your mouth over time. These days, we can do your exams in a matter of minutes. After we do x-rays, we will do an overall examination of your teeth and gums. We also check your cheeks, palate, and tongue. We might use a tool and a mirror to check these items, but the exam is not painful.
What Are We Looking for in an Exam?
When we examine your teeth and mouth structures, we are trying to eliminate several different problems before they become serious. First, we will check your teeth for signs of tooth decay. Small cavities, or holes, in your teeth are no big deal, and they can be fixed quickly. However, if we let a cavity continue to grow, it could lead to root canals, or you could even lose the tooth. It could also lead to a serious infection, which could affect your heart, lungs, or even your brain.
When we look for tooth decay, we are also looking for signs of gum disease. Those bacteria that can infect your teeth can infect your gums as well. If left to its own devices, gum disease can infect your gums and lead to changes in your jaw, your teeth falling out, and loss of gum tissue. No one wants that.
We also look for signs of cancer, which scares a lot of people. We check for bumps or discolored spots in your palate, gums, mouth and cheeks for oral signs of cancer. We need to check for signs of oral cancer, because if you have cancer, you feel no pain - until much later when the cancer has spread. The earlier we can catch your oral cancer, the quicker and easier it is to treat - which means you have a much better chance at survival.
If you need more information about dental exams, why not call Dynamic Dental Care at (509) 466-2587?