In addition to cleanings, preventative oral exams are a crucial part of preventative dentistry. During an oral exam, our team will examine your teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues for any signs of disease, decay, or other issues. Catching these problems early can prevent them from becoming more serious and potentially damaging to your oral health.
Another benefit of regular exams is potentially catching oral cancer early. According to the American Cancer Society, over 50,000 people in the US are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Early detection is key in treating this disease, and oral exams can help catch it before it becomes more advanced.
In addition to identifying potential dental problems, oral exams can also provide valuable information about your overall health. Many medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can be linked to oral health issues. We can often spot signs of these conditions during an oral exam and recommend that you follow up with your primary care physician, or other specialists, for further evaluation.
We recommend having scheduled oral exams every 6 months along with your scheduled cleanings. Call us today to schedule your appointment!
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