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Dental Examination

A dental examination is a medical evaluation performed by dentists or specialists to assess the teeth, gums, oral tissues, and other related areas. Regular dental check-ups are vital, even in the absence of dental problems. These examinations should ideally be carried out every 6 months and involve detecting existing issues, preventing or diagnosing diseases early, and planning necessary treatment to maintain and improve dental health.

You can schedule a general check-up with a dentist for a dental examination. Depending on your oral health status, they may refer you to specialized branches such as endodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, implantology, orthodontics, and prosthodontics.

X-rays are not always required but can be useful in identifying a range of issues, including the health of gums, tooth roots, and jawbone structure. If X-rays are deemed necessary, your dentist will inform you about any potential radiation exposure risks. However, the amount of radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low and safe.

Yes, oral cancer screening is typically part of a comprehensive dental examination. This screening involves a careful examination of the oral tissues for any signs of abnormalities, lesions, or swellings. If your dentist does not perform this screening, you may request it.

Your dentist may also check for signs of plaque and tartar build-up. Furthermore, your dentist may test the sensitivity of your teeth using hot or cold stimuli.

Yes, if your dentist identifies tartar build-up during the examination, they may recommend a professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis). Regular professional cleanings, typically every 6 to 12 months, are beneficial for maintaining oral health.

Prior to your examination, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, and flossing. Provide detailed information about your oral health to your dentist. Even minor symptoms such as occasional mild pain or bleeding while brushing can indicate potential dental health issues.

After your dental examination, follow the recommendations provided by your dentist to maintain your oral and dental health. This might include changes in habits such as smoking, consumption of tea and coffee, and maintaining regular oral hygiene practices.

It is generally recommended that a child’s first dental visit occur within six months after the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. This visit allows the dentist to examine the child’s mouth and provide parents with information on proper infant oral care.