The Importance of Routine Dental Examinations

The Importance of Routine Dental Examinations

Most people know that regular teeth brushing and flossing are essential to keeping their teeth healthy. They may only think about going to see the dentist if they have a problem. However, routine dental examinations are an essential part of good oral health care, and help prevent those emergency appointments when you are having issues.

At Morning Dental in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California, we make dental care comfortable and easy for you. Compassionate and highly experienced dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Florman DDS provide all the dental services you need to keep your teeth healthy and looking beautiful. Supported by their friendly, professional staff, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Florman encourage their patients to have routine dental exams and make the process smooth and simple.

What is a routine dental exam?

Though you may only think about going to the dentist if you have a problem, routine dental exams help you avoid having issues in the first place, saving you time and money. If you have dental anxiety, routine exams will save you a lot of stress, because any problems will be identified and addressed sooner, when they are more easily treated.

At your appointment, you have the option of having a dental hygienist carefully clean your teeth using a special tool that gets them cleaner than you can do with a regular toothbrush. A fluoride treatment can be applied that fortifies the outer layer of enamel of your teeth, protecting it against decay that can cause cavities. 

The importance of routine dental examinations

Your routine dental exam is an opportunity for your dentist to take a close look at your teeth and find any problems, allowing you to get treatment as soon as possible. He or she may use x-rays to get a more in depth examination of your teeth. During your exam, you can talk to your dentist about any concerns you have, along with any dental goals you would like to achieve.

During your appointment, your dentist examines your teeth very carefully, looking for indications of problems, such as gum disease, cavities, cracked or worn teeth, and any damage to existing dental work, such as fillings and bridges. Sometimes, these are issues that you wouldn’t notice on your own, because they may not cause any symptoms. 

Your dentist also can do a screening for oral cancer, a simple examination that can detect signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. This screening can help detect signs of cancer early in order for you to get treatment, if needed, as soon as possible. 

A routine dental examination allows your dentist to catch problems early, often saving you time, because treatments are typically simpler. This may also save you money as well, because you might avoid more complex procedures. It also saves you the discomfort and stress of having more advanced dental problems. 

To schedule a routine dental examination, or for any other dental concerns, call one of our offices to schedule an appointment, send us a message on our website, or use our online booking system

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