We perform a thorough examination, evaluating the health of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues in the mouth. The first part of the examination consists of a thorough review of medical history including any surgeries, medical implications and medications being taken. A full mouth set of x rays is taken, which will help us see not only cavities present but also bone levels and abnormalities in the oral cavity.
The hygienist next evaluates the oral cavity in two ways. First, a visual examination is done to assess the teeth, gums and oral cavity. We also do an oral cancer screening. Any existing dental work is charted and an evaluation of bone and tissue health is done by measuring the pocket depth around every tooth (periodontal screening).
Patients also meet the dentist who reviews the x rays, listens and discusses any concerns or problems. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health and keep you smiling.
Then during the final part of the visit the hygienist reviews any findings and the options needed to attain excellent oral health. In the future, periodic examinations and x rays are recommended once per year by the American Dental Association and can identify and treat potential trouble spots before they become serious problems.