Oral Exam and Preventative Dentistry

Having access to restorative dental treatments is important, but the best situation is when you can prevent oral health concerns before they become problematic. With a routine oral exam and preventative dentistry methods, you can stay ahead of tooth decay. We encourage our patients to have regular checkups while also keeping up healthy dental hygiene at home in order to stay healthy. Call Smile Studio Dentistry Fontana’s offiice or use our online form to set up your next appointment and take charge of your oral health.

What Happens at an Oral Exam?

At your oral exam, your dentist will carefully inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of decay or oral health issues. They may also take x-rays to get a better look at what’s happening beneath the surface of your mouth. The oral exam is used to detect any problems before they become serious, allowing for timely treatment that can maintain your oral health more effectively. This typically includes a check for mouth cancer, with early detection playing a vital role in effectively treating it.

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How Often Should I Have an Oral Exam?

It’s recommended that you have an oral exam at least twice a year. Regular oral exams will help your dentist detect any signs of oral health problems early on, so they can be treated quickly and effectively. For patients who are at higher risk of developing dental health issues or gum disease, we recommend visiting more often, up to four times a year. These more frequent visits allow your dentist to help you stay ahead of any concerns you are facing, providing timely treatments to stop decay or gum disease before they develop toward riskier stages.
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The Types of Preventative Dentistry We Provide

Preventative dentistry is an umbrella term for the oral health practices that help you maintain a consistently high level of dental and oral health. The aspects of preventative dentistry involve different treatments, such as cleanings, fluoride treatments, and oral cancer screenings.
At our office, we offer preventative dentistry services such as:
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Periodontal oral exams and treatment
  • Dental sealants
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Benefits of Routine Oral Exams

Regular oral exams and preventative dentistry are essential for maintaining your oral health. These services can help detect oral health issues early on, allowing them to be treated quickly and effectively before they can pose larger risks to your health and well being. They also provide the opportunity for your dentist to discuss any lifestyle or diet changes you may need in order to maintain a healthier mouth. Of course, an exam is also a rather quick experience, typically taking well under one hour to complete, so it is hardly an interruption to your daily routine for most patients.

Signs You Need an Oral Exam

If you are experiencing any oral health symptoms, such as pain, discoloration of the gums or teeth, oral sores, or oral bleeding, it’s important to visit your dentist right away. These may be signs of an oral health issue that requires treatment. A healthy mouth typically will not display any unpleasant symptoms, so we encourage patients to have an oral exam as soon as they start to notice anything amiss. Even small concerns like sensitivity can be signs of larger risks, especially if not taken care of soon enough. As with any health concern, the sooner you take care of it, the better your odds of successful treatment and lasting symptom relief.

Preventative Dentistry at Home

At home oral hygiene practices are just as important as oral exams and preventative dentistry treatments. We recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash after brushing to maintain oral health. However, lifestyle and habits also play major roles in the state of a patient’s oral health.
If you have any questions about oral exams or preventative dentistry in Fontana, you can contact our Smile Studio Dentistry Fontana office today. We are always glad to provide information and advice for maintaining good hygiene habits at home.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you’re due for an oral exam or want to learn more about preventative dentistry, our experienced team at Smile Studio Dentistry Fontana is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and take a step towards better oral health by having a team of dental professionals by your side. With a combination of friendly, effective care and healthy habits, you can set yourself up for lifelong oral health. Call us today to set up your next appointment for an oral exam and benefit from preventative dentistry that puts the patient first.
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