Keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright with routine dental exams.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiograph images): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
A dental exam can catch problems early before you can feel or see them. Any issues caught earlier are much easier to fix and typically less expensively!
Update Your Dentist
The more information that you can provide to your dentist the better he or she can then address your health care needs. Be sure to mention any of the following during your dental exam:
- Pregnancy: if you know that you are pregnant or suspect that you may be
- Medical Conditions: any new medical conditions even if this doesn't seem relevant (e.g. diabetes, AIDS, mental health, etc.)
- Medications: any new medications as side effects like dry mouth or overgrown gums can be side effects
- Allergies: if you have any allergies, new or existing
- Changes in teeth, gums or inside your mouth: if you have noticed any changed to your teeth (colour, looseness or position, etc.), changes to your gums (bleeding, changes in appearance, etc.) or the inside of your mouth (colour changes, etc.)
- Sensitivity: if you have noticed any increase in sensitivity to cold, heat or sweets
- Muscle Tightness: if you neck or jaw muscles are tight which may be a sign of clenching or grinding your teeth
- Nervousness: if you are nervous about visiting a dentist as your dentist can discuss how even recent updates to modern dentistry make visits easier and more comfortable
PLEASE CALL US AT (604) 849-6933 WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS