Undergoing a dental exam at least twice a year is one of the easiest ways to preserve your teeth, gums, and smile. At Battle Ground Dental, in Battle Ground, Washington, family dentists Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, provide dental exams to people of all ages. If you’re concerned about the risk of tooth decay or gum disease, book an appointment with the team online or by calling the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff.
A dental exam is a preventive screening that assesses the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. It’s a routine procedure used to detect cavities, gum disease, and other potentially serious oral health problems.
It's important to undergo dental exams on a regular basis. Oral health problems don’t always present obvious symptoms, so you might be at risk and not realize it.
At Battle Ground Dental, a dental exam involves several steps, including:
During an oral assessment, your provider uses a handheld mirror to observe your tooth enamel, gums, tongue, and cheeks. If they notice any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or an unusual growth, they can order additional testing and develop a custom treatment plan.
Digital X-rays use low doses of radiation to take detailed photographs of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. X-rays allow the team at Battle Ground Dental to detect problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye, including impacted wisdom teeth, deep decay, or bone loss.
Digital X-rays also help guide the placement of dental implants and oral restorations like crowns and dental bridges.
During professional teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist or technologist removes plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. Afterward, they brush and polish your teeth, floss them, and apply a fluoride treatment if prescribed.
If you have a history of cavities, the team might recommend dental sealants. Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the surface of your teeth. They prevent the buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria, significantly lowering your risk of tooth decay.
During an oral cancer screening, the team uses gloved hands to evaluate your gums, tongue, and cheeks for unusual bumps or growths. If they uncover any abnormalities, they can take a biopsy and send it to a laboratory for further testing.
The team at Battle Ground Dental recommends you participate in a dental exam twice each year, or once every six months. This rule applies even if your teeth and gums feel healthy. The sooner you catch potential problems, the more likely they are to respond to treatment.
If it’s time for your next oral exam, contact the team at Battle Ground Dental. Book an appointment online or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.