While many people don’t place a visit to their dentist at the top of their priority list, regular dental exams are an essential part of maintaining your oral and overall health. Many people choose to avoid their regular Henderson dental exams because their dentist’s office makes them uncomfortable, or because they are fearful of dental procedures and instruments. This is unfortunate, but at Kenneth Hill, DDS, we understand. We have done our best to create an office environment that will make you feel at ease, and we attempt to keep you comfortable throughout any dental procedures you may require.
Dental issues are more easily and quickly treated when they are caught early, resulting in a more positive experience for you. If you are due for a trip to the dentist, but have been avoiding the visit due to some feelings of nervousness or trepidation, this brief guide to dental exams may help.
Why are dental exams important?
Dental exams are an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Not only that, but dental issues that are left untreated can deteriorate quickly, causing pain, as well as trouble with your bite and ability to chew or speak properly. Over time, your appearance may become affected as well. Additionally, poor oral heath can eventually lead to health problems in the other parts of your body. Patients with poor dental health put themselves at increased risk for heart attack, and even stroke.
Another essential part of your Henderson dental exam is the oral cancer screening. Though it is a lesser-known form of the disease, oral cancer affects as many as 40,000 people in the United States each year. As with other cancers, early detection and treatment is the key to having a positive outcome. Avoiding your regular dental exam means that you miss these important screenings.
How often do you need an exam?
For optimal oral health, it’s recommended that you have an exam every six months. This allows your dentist to check on past dental work or restorations so that they can check and see if any repairs need to be made, and ensures that any new dental issues are caught early. Your dentist will also perform regular screenings for oral cancers during these visits to ensure you remain healthy. Even those who no longer have their natural teeth need to maintain this schedule of regular visits, as over time dentures can lead to gum and bone loss. Your dentist will use these visits to ensure that your gums and the underlying bone remain healthy, and will check to ensure your dentures or partials still fit correctly.
What to expect during your exam
During your dental exam, your dentist will thoroughly check your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy, as well as evaluate your oral hygiene practices. Your dentist will evaluate any dental issues they find, including tooth decay, tooth root health, and stains or deposits on your teeth. They may take x-rays to ensure they get a full picture of your oral health. If digital x-rays are used, they will be able to share with you visually any dental issues they notice during your exam. Our team will also perform a professional cleaning on your teeth in order to remove stains and buildup. If you have a large number of stains or deposits, they may recommend that you return for a series of deep cleaning visits. If you need further dental work such as dental fillings, dental crowns, root canals, or other procedures, your dentist will discuss these with you during your visit and either perform them, or schedule a separate appointment. They will also help correct any poor hygiene practices they find, and ensure you are getting the proper amount of fluoride through your diet or tooth care products.
In addition to these steps, you dentist may question you about any symptoms you’ve noticed in other areas of your mouth or face. Jaw pain that spreads into your face and neck, chronic ear pain, and a popping or clicking sound in your jaw when you open and close your mouth or when you chew can all indicate more serious dental issues such as bruxism or TMJ/TMD exist.
Maintaining a regular schedule of dental exams is essential to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, and for keeping the rest of your body healthy as well. If you’ve been putting off your visit for any reason, the caring professionals at Kenneth Hill, DDS can help. Our staff will help you feel comfortable and at ease throughout your visit as well as any dental repair work you may require, and can soothe any fears you may have. Please call us today at (702) 897-7267 to schedule your consultation appointment so that we may answer any questions you have regarding your dental treatment and care. Let us help you keep your smile pain free and looking its best and brightest.