An oral exam or dental checkup is used to learn the oral health status of the patient as well as identify patient concerns and treatment objectives. The examination can be area-specific or include the whole mouth and is used to review the patient’s medical history and identify dental issues such as pain, swelling, cracked or broken teeth, decay, and gingival health.
Dr. Gibson and our dental team at Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry located in Sugar Land, TX may use dental x-rays (dental radiography) as a diagnostic tool to aid in the identification and diagnosis of dental diseases that may not be visible by an oral exam alone. A treatment plan is formulated specifically with each patient’s needs and desires in mind.
Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth, tongue or throat. This screening includes evaluating tissues for irregularities, including lumps, sores, discolorations, and growths inside the mouth or in the head, neck, and facial region.
Even if you brush and floss your teeth faithfully, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis (recommend twice per year). Routine dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and staining above the gumline and aid in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. After a thorough dental cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and squeaky clean and can appear brighter too.
The first step towards a healthier smile is preventative care, and routine dental exams and cleanings can provide you with a good foundation for a healthier, beautiful smile! Book an appointment with our office today; ask us about our new patient special!