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An examination allows us to keep your mouth healthy and to see if you have any dental problems. Regular examinations can help treat problems early and often prevent them altogether.
If you are a new patient, we will need you to fill and share your medical history form with us by email, before your appointment. This way, we will be aware of any medical conditions you have or medications you take and can tailor your treatment according to your health. In addition, we will also send you information on joining our monthly dental plan (Denplan), which is a great to maintain your oral health. We can discuss joining Denplan at the end of your appointment as well.
If you are an existing patient, please inform the receptionist of any changes in your health, medications, or any oral health problems you are facing before your appointment. This will help us book sufficient time to address those matters when we see you.
- Ask you questions about any problems you’ve had since your last check-up
- Examine your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue
- Take X-rays (if needed) to check for any hidden problems such as decay or bone loss
- Check for any signs of mouth cancer or other general diseases that can affect the mouth
- Refer you to a hygienist for a clean if you have a build-up of plaque
- Give you advice on things you can do to improve your oral health
- Provide a treatment plan for any necessary treatments
Most dentists recommend having a cleaning and check-up every 6 months. Depending on your specific oral health needs, twice a year should suffice, unless your dentist recommends that you need to visit more often than that, especially if you have ongoing oral health problems. Even if you keep up with your oral hygiene routine and take care of your teeth, visiting the dentist is still very important because your dentist can spot issues that you cannot yourself.
One of the best parts of our job is bringing someone along their journey from not being comfortable with their oral health to a place where they’re proud of their smile. So if you don’t like aspects of your teeth or smile, just share it with us and without judging you, we will work with you to get your confidence back. It is good to see a dentist so that you can spot problems or treat them early.
We fully understand that you can be nervous due to a number of reasons, whether that’s fear of pain, previous bad experience, needle phobia, fear of loss of control or confidence in your smile.
We believe that trust is the foundation to overcome nervousness. You can build trust through sharing how you are feeling, getting to know your team, familiarizing yourselves with the environment and understanding the treatment. Getting to know the different approaches available to deal with anxiety be that a longer treatment time, relaxation techniques like music or anesthesia to avoid pain also helps.
Your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer as part of your regular dental checkups. When dentists perform a dental checkup, they’re not just examining your teeth. They evaluate the overall health of your oral cavity and scan for any abnormalities around the mouth area. They do this through a visual and tactile examination. If your dentist identifies any suspicious areas, they will work with you to determine the best next steps for your care.