Dental Exams: The Key to Lasting Oral Health
Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. E. Lisa Reid offer routine dental exams as a vital part of their Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice. When you visit our office regularly, we can diagnose serious conditions, such as periodontal disease and decay in the beginning stages. With early detection, we can address these problems using simple, conservative treatments. We will also conduct an oral cancer screening during your dental exam, which can help lead to a life-saving diagnosis. At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, we use precise imaging technology in our examinations, to help protect your smile and overall health.
Oral Bacteria and Your Dental Health
Even when good dental hygiene is practiced, bacteria can still accumulate. Feeding off of the sugar in food, these microbes will produce acid, which will erode your dental enamel. A cavity will form, and without proper treatment, the bacteria will continue to penetrate your tooth.
If the bacteria reaches the pulp inside the tooth, you can develop an infection. Oral bacteria can also lead to gum disease. As they multiply, the microbes can create pockets in your gums around the tooth roots. Eventually, these pockets will cause your gums to pull away from your teeth.
The Importance of Dental Exams
Dental exams will enable us to detect the earliest signs of decay and gum disease. Then we can provide appropriate, non-invasive treatment. For example, if you have a cavity, we will typically recommend a filling. On the other hand, without treatment, you could eventually require root canal therapy or a tooth extraction.
Similarly, we can address gum disease with a regular cleaning or laser treatment. If left untreated, you could experience tooth loss and considerable discomfort. Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will also perform an oral cancer screening during your dental examination. When oral cancer is detected early, most patients have a high chance of recovery, making this screening a very important component of your exam.
What Is Involved in a Typical Exam?
Your dental exam will usually take place in conjunction with a dental cleaning. During the visit, we will examine your teeth, looking for visible areas of decay, as well as cracks, enamel erosion, and other structural damage. Typically, we will take x-rays at alternating exams. Precise intraoral x-rays will allow us to inspect individual teeth and look for hidden cavities. We can also take extraoral x-rays to evaluate alignment.
Routine dental exams play a vital role in your oral health, as well as your overall health.
We will also consider your soft tissues, by closely examining your gums, looking for symptoms of periodontal disease. These signs can include inflammation, bleeding, or gum recession. During your oral cancer screening, we will check for lesions, red or white patches, and other abnormalities. Although these sores often turn out to be harmless, we will typically order a biopsy if we see any cause for concern.
How Often Are Exams Recommended?
Since dental exams are overwhelmingly beneficial in preventing future problems and promoting optimal oral health, you should visit us at least twice a year. If you have a history of gum disease or recurring cavities, additional visits may be appropriate. You may also benefit from additional exams if you have a genetic history of periodontitis or oral cancer.
Take the Next Step to Good Oral Health
Routine dental exams play a vital role in your oral health, as well as your overall health. To schedule your dental exam and cleaning, contact our practice today. Our skilled, friendly staff wants to ensure that your smile stays both healthy and attractive.