The Regular Dental Visit

Regular Dental Visits ImageAt every regularly scheduled dental appointment—usually every six months—your dentist thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, mouth and throat. This visit includes the following:

Head & Neck Examination

  • The Cancer Exam
  • Facial Structure Exam
  • Palpation of Chewing Muscles
  • Palpation of Lymph Nodes
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Clinical Dental Examination

  • Periodontal Exam: includes gingival (gums) and periodontal pockets
  • Tooth Mobility
  • Mucous Membranes
  • Saliva
  • Occlusion (Bite)
  • Tooth Decay
  • Broken Fillings
  • Erosion
  • Removable Appliances
  • Contact Between Teeth

Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

  • Assessment of Mouth Cleanliness
  • Scaling
  • Polishing
  • Flossing
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions

After completing the dental examination, your dentist may outline a detailed treatment plan, if necessary, and indicate when you should return for a follow-up visit. Regular preventive maintenance, along with a thorough home-care regimen, is vital to maintaining good oral health.