Oral Exams & Dental Cleaning in Beaumont, TX
For optimal oral health, the American Dental Association recommends that you and each member of your family schedule at least two oral exams and dental cleanings every year. More commonly known as dental checkups, these regularly schedule visits give Dr. Olson and his staff the opportunity to spot dental disease and other signs of trouble early, so that the necessary steps can be planned and taken as quickly as possible. Of course, the dental cleaning you receive at these appointments will remove surface staining, as well as plaque and tartar build-up that can be the precursors to decay and gum disease.
New Patient Oral Exam
If you are a new patient at West End Dental Group, then we will first review your complete medical history. The link between your overall health and your oral is indisputable, so the information gathered from this survey is an important component of your dental treatment in our office. Then, Dr. Jackson will conduct a comprehensive oral health assessment and talk to you about your smile goals, concerns and expectations. Your input allows us to provide you with the individualized dental service you need, rather than a template of service that is impersonal and may not even be appropriate for you.
The Steps in an Oral Exam
Your oral exam will begin with one of our registered dental hygienists examining each one of your teeth for the early signs of decay. We’ll probe each tooth, checking for soft or sticky spots that can indicate the beginnings of a cavity. Once a year, we’ll take digital x-rays to find decay that may be developing between teeth or just below the enamel surface of a tooth. We’ll also conduct periodontal charting. During this step, we measure the depth of gum pockets around your teeth; a depth of more than four millimeters may be an indication of gum disease.
Other components of a comprehensive oral exam at West End Dental Group include:
- Oral Cancer Screening
- TMJ Analysis
- Bite Assessment
A Dental Cleaning for Oral Hygiene
The last step of a checkup is a thorough dental cleaning. We use a soft rotator and fluoride toothpaste in the flavor of your choice to clean the facial, lingual and chewing surfaces of each tooth. In most cases, this cleaning is sufficient to remove plaque. However for tartar, our hygienist may need to use a special hand tool to remove this hard, dried-on substance. Finally, we’ll carefully floss in between each of your teeth, making sure to reach all the way down to the gum line in order to remove the thin line of plaque that can accumulate there.
Please call us today to schedule an oral exam and dental cleaning. Dr. Olson sees patients from Beaumont, Vidor, Nederland, Lumberton, and nearby Texas towns. If this will be your first time at our office, please take a brief moment to review the information on our new patient page.