The Advantage of a Comprehensive Dental Exam
A periodic visit to the dentist for planned maintenance and a comprehensive dental exam is always a good idea as our teeth are subject to the wear and tear of daily activities such as eating and drinking. For the most part when you arrive, you will have the dental hygienist clean your teeth, evaluate your teeth, and perhaps take some x-rays. The dentist will examine your teeth for cavities and take care of any fillings, as well as checking your gums and looking for any signs of cancer.
Periodically, your dentist should do a more thorough examination which is called a comprehensive dental exam. In this exam a look at your entire mouth, neck and head area will be examined, as well as an update on your entire medical history as well as more complete and thorough x-rays.
Having A Complete Dental Checkup Is Simple
While it is likely that your dentist did a complete dental checkup the very first time your visited, it is important to keep your history updated, and that is why a medical history is repeated from time to time, in order to have the dentist understand if any changes have occurred with your general overall state of health. It is important for the dentist to know if there have been any other changes to other parts of you body, as other health issues can affect the teeth and the teeth can affect the rest of your body.
When you are asked about your medical history be sure and put down everything that you can think of and don’t be too concerned if it all doesn’t apply just to your mouth and teeth. There are many diseases that can have an effect on your mouth and dental care. Research is constantly uncovering new ways in which the health of your teeth affect the rest of your body and your overall health as well. A great source for information is the American Dental Association.
For instance, diabetics are more likely to develop periodontal disease, or the disease of the gums where the plaque eats down into the gums causing tooth loss and possible abscesses. Periodontal disease can also affect the blood sugar of a person, which makes it more difficult to control the diabetes. The type of anesthetic that your dentist gives you is a factor that relates to your over all health as well.
Have a list ready for your dentist of all of the medications that you take, for if he needs to prescribe an antibiotic or a pain medication, he will need that information. The technology for pain medication is a constantly changing event.
Fears play a big role in how people view going to the dentist. Many people have fears of painful experiences that go back to their childhood, when pain mitigation techniques were not as sophisticated as they are today. There are quite possibly many new techniques available that make most of our fears obsolete.
Make any concerns known to your dentist if you fear that you have a particular condition or disease. Many times the teeth signal certain conditions that your dentist can uncover for you, or simply have your mind set at ease if it does not exist.
In a comprehensive dental exam, the dentist will also check over your head and your neck, your jaw, the salivary glands and the lymph nodes in the area of your neck. The neck, face, and lips will be examined to be sure that there is no swelling, unusual dryness, bleeding from the lips or any other problems.
Thorough checks of the soft tissues of the mouth and gums for any periodontal disease is important, as well as a thorough check of the teeth for any cavities will also be done.
Many times the dentist will be the first professional to uncover signs of oral cancer and other situations, which can then be treated successfully.
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