Comprehensive Exams

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you see your dentist for dental exams every 6 months.  It’s because regular visits to your dentist is necessary for the maintenance of healthy gums and teeth.

But checking your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease is only one aspect of a complete dental examination. We will also evaluate your head and neck to look for signs of abnormalities. Then we will examine your mouth for any signs of diabetes, oral cancer and/or vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. After that, our dental hygienist will clean your teeth and explain to you how you can maintain good oral hygiene at home.

New patients should have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit, and then every 3 years thereafter. But aside from this, the ADA also recommends a periodic oral exam during each visit to determine any changes in the oral health of the patient since his or her last comprehensive evaluation.

During Your Dental Exam

Areas to check:

  • Mouth
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Lymph Nodes
  • Lower jaws

During your comprehensive dental exam, we will:

  • Examine your gums and check for signs of gum disease
  • Inspect the mouth tissues
  • Examine your tongue
  • Check if there are any loose, decayed or broken teeth
  • Check your bite
  • Look for any damaged fillings
  • Take X-rays
  • Evaluate any dental appliance you have
  • Evaluate the appearance of your gums and teeth and how they affect your face
  • Look for any abnormalities in the mouth, face, neck and head
  • Conduct a salivary function exam