How Many Times a Year Do I Need a Dental Exam?
Regular dental exams are critical to your oral health, so our dentists review the health of your teeth and gums during a visit. During your exam, we can clean your teeth and identify any troubling concerns, including oral cancer. At Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA, we recommend a dental exam with Dr. Bhavik Bhakta at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and review.
What happens during a dental exam?
During your dental exam, Dr. Bhakta will review all areas of your mouth to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. We can start by conducting a digital x-ray of your smile to review your enamel and jawbone. Your teeth will need enough enamel to protect them from damage, while the bone structure should be stable to support your dental roots.
We will also conduct a periodontal exam that reviews your gums to see if they are healthy, are receding, have an infection, or are at risk of bleeding. We can prepare a plan of action if we spot any possible signs of gum disease.
We will also check your bite and how well it is aligned to see if the teeth are meeting in the right places. You may require some corrective measures depending on your situation.
Checking dental appliances
Our analysis can also include a review of any dental appliances you might have. These include crowns, bridges, fillings, implants, or anything else you have received. Our review can check how well these appliances are working and if they require any further maintenance. Sometimes, these dental appliances can wear over time and impair functionality, so a thorough review and repair of these features will ensure optimal oral health.
Oral cancer screening
More than 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Our experts at Sunshine Dental will also check your mouth for unusual or abnormal signs that may indicate oral cancer. We can identify issues like discoloration, bleeding, unusual growths, and other factors that might suggest oral cancer. The analysis includes a review of the insides of the cheeks and lips, the sides of the tongue, the roof of your mouth, and other areas that may be hard for you to review yourself.
We can also refer you to a party that can treat your condition before it becomes worse. It is easier to resolve oral cancer when it is first identified, so a proper screening during your exam is critical.
Will I require dental visits more often?
You may require more than two dental exams in a year if you have gum disease or another periodontal disease concern. Additional visits are necessary for cases where you have more oral care needs than others.
Learn how we can keep your smile healthy and clean with a dental exam
At Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA, we recommend a dental exam at least twice a year to maintain your oral health and help prevent any potential problems before they get worse. Dr. Bhavik Bhakta and the team at Sunshine Dental can review how your teeth look and feel and find a treatment plan that works for you. You can visit us online to learn more about our services and schedule an exam.