To emerge victorious against oral diseases, Cannon Dental advises you to infuse regular dental exams into your oral health regimen. Although daily brushing and flossing are excellent, they are never enough when you want a healthy smile that withstands the test of time. Instead, add routine dental visits to your oral care routine, and see your gums and teeth remain healthy for many years to come.
What happens during a dental exam?
Following the American Dental Association recommendation, Dr. David Cannon advises patients to visit a dentist at least twice a year. The frequency of visits can be more if you are at high risk of gum disease and cavities. During routine dental exams, Dr. Cannon conducts a comprehensive examination of your mouth to look out for signs of:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
- Bite misalignments
Besides physical examinations, we use x-rays to spot issues not visible to the naked eye. Our detailed x-ray photos can tell us when problems like cysts, tumors, bone loss, and interproximal cavities are “silently” compromising your oral health.
A typical oral exam doesn’t end there. We look at the condition of restorative treatments, including crowns, fillings, inlays, and bridges, to ensure they are in tip-top condition. Then, we perform a dental cleaning to eliminate stubborn tartar on your teeth and below the gum line. Finally, we give you handy tips to step up your oral care at home. Unless you have follow-up treatment after your dental exam results, we expect to see you again in the next six months.
Why you shouldn’t skip your routine oral exams
Even with diligent at-home oral care, bacteria can hide in between your teeth, putting your oral health at risk. Plus, you may have dental challenges that a dentist can only diagnose. With this in mind, here is why you shouldn’t miss your dental exams. Oral exams:
- Detect gum diseases at an early stage
- Screen for oral cancer
- Prevent costly restorative treatments down the road
- Detect and treat cavities
Has it been a while since you last visited your Salt Lake City, UT dentist? Don’t put your oral health at risk. Instead, please dial (801) 406-9985 to book an appointment with Cannon Dental for an oral exam.