The Regular Dental Visit

The Regular Dental Visit

Regular Dental Visits ImageAt every regularly scheduled dental appointment—usually every six months—your dentist thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, mouth and throat. This visit includes the following:

Head & Neck Examination

  • The Cancer Exam
  • Facial Structure Exam
  • Palpation of Chewing Muscles
  • Palpation of Lymph Nodes
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Clinical Dental Examination

  • Periodontal Exam: includes gingival (gums) and periodontal pockets
  • Tooth Mobility
  • Mucous Membranes
  • Saliva
  • Occlusion (Bite)
  • Tooth Decay
  • Broken Fillings
  • Erosion
  • Removable Appliances
  • Contact Between Teeth

Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

  • Assessment of Mouth Cleanliness
  • Scaling
  • Polishing
  • Flossing
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions

After completing the dental examination, your dentist may outline a detailed treatment plan, if necessary, and indicate when you should return for a follow-up visit. Regular preventive maintenance, along with a thorough home-care regimen, is vital to maintaining good oral health.

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