Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily. Please call us to schedule a Dental Exam: Fort Mill Office Phone Number 803-547-7779.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease: Fort Mill Office Phone Number 803-547-7779.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

For new patients, a Comprehensive Oral Exam will be performed that will be approximately 90 minutes. We will ask you the following questions: What is your current state of dental health? What do you want your dental health to be? and how will we get there?

During the co-discovery process, we will gather all pertinent data and co-discover your current dental conditions, discuss options and formulate a plan fits into your life at this time to achieve your dental goals. Typically, most patients will:

  • Have their teeth cleaned, removing any plaque or deposits above the gum.
  • Be checked for signs of decay or gum disease
  • Be evaluated for jaw joint, grinding and clenching.
  • Receive digital intra-oral and 3-D imaging x-rays, to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems.
  • Be documented via intra-oral and full photo images, so you have the option to see your dental condition.
  • We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride.

With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.

How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?

The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas.

You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Please refer to our What To Bring checklist.

Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits — our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.