What Happens At Your Dental Exam?
As always, at Long Beach Smile Co., we customize the experience to you and ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. Our dental exam includes:
Oral cancer screening
Oral cancer is a pathologic process which begins with an asymptomatic stage during which the usual cancer signs may not be readily noticeable. This makes the oral cancer examinations performed by the dentist critically important. Oral cancers can be of varied histologic types such as teratoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. The most common type of oral cancer is the malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This oral cancer type usually originates in lip and mouth tissues.
When oral cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment is generally very effective. Any noticeable abnormalities in the tongue, gums, mouth or surrounding area should be evaluated by a health professional as quickly as possible. During the oral cancer exam, the dentist and dental hygienist will be scrutinizing the maxillofacial and oral regions carefully for signs of pathologic changes.
Checking for Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, causes people to lose more teeth than cavities do. It has also been identified as a major contributor to inflammation of the arteries, which leads to blockage, strokes and heart attacks.
Evaluating Tooth and Filling for Decays
Tooth decay is serious as it can advance into infection, illness and the loss of teeth. It’s always best to deal with tooth decay when it’s minimal. While checking for cavities is what a lot of people think of as the main reason to visit the dentist, we look for many other things as well.
Fillings can become old or damaged and tooth decay can hide underneath of them. Through the exam and x-rays, we can spot this and determine if a filling needs to be replaced.
Cleaning the Teeth
You brush and floss your teeth regularly at home so why have them professionally cleaned? Well, we have the tools and expertise to remove hardened plaque from the teeth and under the gums, which is the first line of defense against gum disease. We always finish up by polishing the teeth to smooth their surfaces and enable them to resist foods that stick to the enamel.
Helping you Create a Home Care Routine
Proper dental hygiene starts at home. Your dentist or hygienist will give you important advice and guidance on how to clean your teeth effectively and the steps you can take to keep your smile dazzling. Caring for your teeth is a lifetime commitment but it also carries a lifetime of benefits.
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