An oral exam must be undertaken at least twice a year. They will help identify oral abnormalities in their initial stages and prevent problems from advancing further. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we offer routine oral exams to ensure the health and well-being of your dental structures.
Importance of Regular Oral Exams
Most patients visit a dental office only when they experience pain or feel something is seriously wrong. Routine visits will help us identify oral problems and address them at the earliest. Some of the issues diagnosed during a dental exam include tooth decay, cavities, gum disorders, and oral cancer symptoms. The chances of successful treatment will increase significantly due to undertaking oral exams and help save money and unnecessary stress in the long term.
What to Expect During an Oral Exam?
First, our dentist will ask you a few queries about your overall health. This is done to collect information about your allergies, medications, and other lifestyle habits. In addition, we may also take details about your previous dental treatments and surgeries. All this data will help us develop a customized treatment plan for your needs.
After collecting the necessary information, we will thoroughly scrutinize your oral and supporting jawbone structures. X-rays are taken to help us in our diagnosis and are a significant part of most oral exams. They allow us to detect any dental abnormalities that are not visible during a physical examination.
After an oral exam, we will perform teeth cleanings to eliminate plaque deposits that often build up on the teeth and underneath the gum line. We use ultrasonic cleaning equipment to remove the plaque and polish your teeth. Finally, we will instruct you on correct brushing and flossing methods that will help maintain your oral hygiene.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a severe problem, and if not detected in its developing stages, it can turn into a life-threatening situation. However, an early oral cancer diagnosis will help address the condition successfully. It involves examining the area surrounding your jaws and the soft tissues in your mouth for signs of lesions or sores.
After the X-rays and cleanings, our dentists will discuss the results of the oral exams. If any abnormalities are identified, we will recommend further action. We will also educate you on the correct oral hygiene practices to avoid future problems.
We will provide solutions to maintain your oral health and transform smiles. Visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.