Even when you brush and floss your teeth twice daily, you still need a bi-annual dental exam and cleaning to ensure the best possible oral health. When you come in for your check-up at Smile Solution Orlando, you first see one of Dr. Thi Pham’s dental assistants for a thorough cleaning. Your dental assistant will clean, polish, and floss your teeth before you see Dr. Pham for an oral examination.
Our dental hygienists pay special attention to plaque and tartar build-up on a patient’s teeth. They use the appropriate dental instruments to scrape these hard deposits from the teeth and then inform Dr. Pham if it appears that you need a deep cleaning of your teeth in the future. Plaque and tartar build-up is one of the leading causes of gum disease, so eliminating as much of it as possible is essential.
Your Diagnostic Assessment
Dr. Pham will inspect your mouth visually as well as take digital X-rays to determine if you have any oral health issues that require additional follow-up. Some of the problems that she looks for during this portion of the exam include:
- Dental restoration check: If you have a crown, bridge, or other type of dental restoration, Dr. Pham will check it to ensure that it remains firmly in place.
- Gum disease: Some people have common signs of gums disease, such as bleeding and inflammation, while others don’t display any symptoms at all. The longer it goes undetected, the greater your chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health issues. Dr. Pham uses special dental instruments to measure gum pockets in addition to looking for typical symptoms.
- Oral cancer: Since medical doctors typically don’t inspect a patient’s mouth, dentists play a critical role in the detection of oral cancer. Dr. Pham looks closely at your tongue, cheeks, and jaws for the presence of a red or white open sore that could be a tumor.
- Tooth decay: Tooth decay isn’t always as obvious as most people assume. It could be hiding between two teeth or behind a tooth, which is why Dr. Pham checks the whole surface of each tooth to ensure you don’t have any decay that requires immediate attention.
If Dr. Pham finds any issues during your oral exam, she will inform you of the problem right away. She will then let you know about possible treatment options and ask you to schedule another appointment before you go home.