Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? That problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? With proper oral hygiene, bacteria in your mouth can be controlled so that it never reaches levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
The Comprehensive Oral Exam
A comprehensive oral exam is an extensive evaluation and recording of all extra oral, intra oral, soft and hard tissues. All new patients at Richmond Hill Dentistry undergo a comprehensive oral examination, as well as all existing patients every -3-5 years. By doing a comprehensive exam, we can together devise a strategy for long-term oral and general health. For example, medical conditions such as diabetes, leukemia, blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, oral cancer, immune abnormalities and sinus problems can be discovered before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body.
Our Complete Dental Examinations Take About An Hour And Include:
- A soft tissue examination
- A screening and examination for periodontal diseases
- A detailed charting of cavities, existing restorations (fillings and crowns) and other tooth conditions
Why Is A Soft Tissue Exam A Good Idea? Two Words: Early Detection.
A soft tissue examination is often used as an early detection tool for pathological changes in the tissues that line the inside of the mouth. Our Richmond Hill dental office hygienists will perform a visual inspection and finger exploration of the tongue, under the tongue, roof of the mouth, salivary glands, insides of the cheek, and the back of the throat.
The Periodontal Exam
At Richmond Hill Dentistry, we’ll use a periodontal probe to measure the band of gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. The purpose of this examination is to detect gum disease at the early stages when treatment is most effective.
The third aspect of a complete dental examination is the inspection of every tooth surface for the presence of new decay and the status of existing restorations.
How Often Should You See Our Richmond Hill Dentists?
Oral healthy is a partnership between you and our dental team. The frequency of your oral hygiene exams and cleaning will depend on the health of your teeth and gums. We recommend that children and adults have their teeth cleaned at least once every 6-12 months. If you’re concerned that you may be at risk of dental disease because of your age, tobacco use, rate of accumulation of deposits, pregnancy, personal oral hygiene practices, or medical conditions such as diabetes, your teeth may need to be cleaned more often.