Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health and preventive dentistry plays a significant role.
A regular assessment of your oral health can detect problems at an early stage. Treatments will then be offered to treat them before they become more serious.
The dental examination makes it possible to act as a preventive measure; it is therefore a great way to avoid costly treatments.
How is the exam going?
During the examination, the dentist will observe the inside of your mouth. It will perform an evaluation of your teeth, gums and soft tissues. He will also observe your tongue, the inside of your cheeks and your palate. He will recommend X-rays if necessary.
Here are some examples of problems that can be detected by the dentist during this exam:
- Breakage or fracture of a tooth
- Inflammation or other signs of gum disease
- Crown or shutter in poor condition
- Sign of grinding or clenching of teeth
- Occlusion disorders (imbrication of the teeth of one maxillary compared to the other when the mouth is closed)
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (which joins your jaw to your skull)
- Bone loss
- Including wisdom teeth
How often do I have to have a dental exam?
Even if you maintain good dental hygiene, it is very important to consult the dentist on a regular basis for an examination.
According to the Ordre des dentistes du Québec, it is recommended to undergo a dental examination every 6 months. But this frequency will be adjusted according to your state of health (oral and general) as well as your dental hygiene habits.
What information should I send to my dentist?
Since your last exam, you may have noticed some changes in your teeth, gums, or general health. Do not hesitate to mention these details to your dentist, even if they do not seem related to your teeth.
Regular dental examinations and cleanings, combined with daily dental care at home, are essential to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
At the clinic, we recommend dental checkups with careful examination of the teeth and x-rays twice a year. The assessment is usually accompanied by a clean-up and recommendations on good dental hygiene practices such as effective brushing of teeth and daily use of flossing.
Contact us to book an appointment for a dental health checkup.