The best way to keep your teeth healthy is to brush them at least twice a day, floss them, and go to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. At Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA, we do complete oral exams to check the health of your teeth and mouth during these bi-annual visits.
When one of our dentists checks your teeth during a routine examination, they do a thorough exam. They will carefully look at each tooth to check for plaque and tartar buildup, along with signs of tooth decay. For the back teeth, they will use a small mirror to see the back and sides of each tooth and the gums.
Also, they will do an occlusion analysis to check how well your teeth align or take note of any bite issues that you may have, such as an over, under, or crossbite. They may take a set of digital diagnostic x-rays to look beneath the gums at the jaws and other structures to look for problems.
During our complete oral exams, we also do a gum disease evaluation that checks for plaque and tartar buildup, receding from the teeth, and for pocketing if gums are pulling away from your teeth. Early diagnosis of gum disease will lead to treatments that can help save your teeth, gums, and your jawbones.
Our dentists will also look over any dental work that you’ve had before, whether it was done here at Salem Dental Group or another practice in Salem, MA. We will check restorations for damage like cracks and wear to see if they need replacing.
Along with dental evaluations, our dentists will also do an oral cancer screening and look for signs of other health issues. In many cases, dentists are the first to see signs of diseases like heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes developing.
A smile analysis can also find medical issues that you may not know about. If it’s been some time since you’ve had a checkup, contact our office in Salem, MA, to see one of our dentists at Salem Dental Group for one of our complete oral exams.