Regular oral examinations are essential as part of your oral care routine. However, what actually happens during an oral examination? If you haven’t visited a dental practice before, not understanding what happens during an oral examination can lead to feeling anxious before an appointment.
You may be thinking about moving to another dental practice and you’re left wondering whether your new dentist will approach an oral examination the same as your previous practice. Not all dentists have the same approach and it is likely that your first visit to your new practice will be different.
The concept of an oral examination is practically the same for all dental practices even if the approach is different. Here are different stages of a typical oral examination.
The Stages of Oral Examination
Understand Your Current Medical History
The first step of your oral examination is to understand your current medical history and whether you’ve experienced any medical or dental concerns between your previous and current visits. If you’re a new patient, the dentist first needs to understand the state of your oral health as part of their introduction to you as your new dentist.
Search For Signs Of Tooth Decay
If you experience continuous toothache then it is likely that your tooth is becoming decayed. For a new patient, it is common for the dentist to search for decay signs whilst examining the state of your oral health. If you feel tenderness or pain when eating or drinking hot and cold foods, you must notify the dentist at the examination.
An Oral Cancer Exam
Signs of oral cancer are an important part of your oral examination. Your dentist looks over your mouth to identify any red or white patches, any lumps, mouth sores or any abnormalities. These are signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer cannot be identified easily, and it simply reassures the patient that there are no apparent problems or abnormal cells that have formed.
Where there aren’t any problems with your oral health, the dentist will perform a professional scale-and-polish. The process involves scraping away at any plaque or tartar that has formed through the teeth and gums.
Oral Hygiene Advice
Finally, the dentist will recommend oral hygiene advice so that you keep your oral health strong at home. Typically, the dentist will request to brush your teeth twice a day and regularly floss, consume calcium-rich foods and rinse your mouth after a heavy meal. These are basic oral routine steps that the average person must always carry out for strong oral health.
A dental examination tends to last for about 30 minutes. The results of the examination depend on what the dentist identifies. The dentist will also ask patients whether they’re seeking any cosmetic goals or may even recommend it themselves. Ultimately, the dentist wants to deliver the best results for your smile and guide you to keep you orally healthy.
Read here to learn why regular oral check-ups are important.
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