A comprehensive dental exam goes far beyond looking for signs of tooth decay. It’s also necessary to take a complete medical history to alert the dentist to health conditions and/or medications that may affect future oral health and dental treatments. The dentist or hygienist will want to assess the health of the gums as well, by measuring the depth of periodontal pockets, plaque/calculus buildup, and inflammation. This is important because gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. In addition, it’s important to look for signs of mouth and throat cancer, as well as other suspicious growths and cysts that a dentist may be the first to spot.
At the office of PAUL E. NELSON, D.D.S., we believe that preventive dental care, including regular professional care, daily brushing and flossing, and a well-balanced diet, is key to keeping your teeth and gums in good health well into your later years. Let us help you keep that dazzling smile. Call 714.992.0092 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 100 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1.
P.S. A comprehensive dental exam includes assessments of tooth positioning; tooth loss; signs of tooth grinding and jaw clenching (which can lead to headaches, tooth erosion, and TMJ disorders); and signs of how previous dental work is holding up.