Taking care of your mouth is essential for maintaining its health. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. These habits are imperative for removing bacteria, plaque, and other debris from your teeth to prevent serious oral health conditions from developing. While these habits are incredibly important, the ADA also recommends professional care at least twice a year as well. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend - Thomas E. Wold, DMD can provide you with the routine exams you need to maintain optimal oral health.
Dental ExamsExams are recommended at least twice a year and are generally done in the same appointment as your cleaning. With exams, we take a close look at the structures of your mouth to check for early warning signs of a variety of different issues. Spotting issues early allow for easier, and much less invasive, treatments, preventing more serious consequences.
During your exams, we look over your teeth. They are examined for signs of decay and cavities. We check for chips and cracks. Any dental restorations are looked over to ensure that they are still functioning properly. We examine your gums, checking for redness, swelling, periodontal pockets, and signs of gum recession.
Another important part of dental exams, although not performed at every exam, is dental x-rays. X-ray images provide us with a unique view of the otherwise hidden areas of your mouth, including the spaces between your teeth and the areas below your gumline. We can spot cavities, root damage, bone loss, impacted teeth, and so much more. These images help us to get a complete view of your oral health so that we can continue to provide you with the best possible care.
Having your teeth professionally examined at least twice a year, in addition to taking care of your mouth at home, is essential for maintaining optimal oral health. Call Aesthetic Dentistry of Bend - Thomas E. Wold, DMD at (541) 389-0261 today to schedule your next cleaning and exam.