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Oral Dental Examinations: A Brief Overview

Oral Dental Examinations: A Brief Overview

Having an oral dental exam is very important to keeping and improving on your oral health. Such an exam is performed by your dentist observing inside your mouth for things that could affect your oral and overall health. Many of these things the dentist looks for cannot be seen by you but only by a professional with a trained eye. These things include, (but are not limited to):-

  • Early signs of cavities
  • Decaying or damaged teeth
  • Gums conditions such as periodontal pockets or inflammation of the gums
  • How previous dental work such as fillings, crowns, root canals, etc are holding up
  • Early signs of throat or mouth cancer such as blocked salivary glands or white lesions
  • Teeth positioning (e.g. the bite and spacing of teeth)
  • Any suspicious cysts or growths
  • The condition of the bones in your jaw, mouth and face
  • Signs of any bleeding or inflammation in the mouth
  • Signs of teeth grinding (which is a problem if left untreated, can lead to hearing loss and tooth loss)
  • Early signs of disorders related to the temporomandibular joint. (This joint joins the jaw to the skull)

In addition to the visual examination of your mouth, the oral examination will also include

  • A complete medical history so that the dentist is made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that can ultimately affect the success of any present or future dental treatments or procedures needed

Moreover, an examination of your neck area and dental x-rays might also be included as part of your oral examination.  Dental x-rays will be able to determine if you have any issues such as cavities under existing fillings, any fractures, and decay under the gum line or impacted wisdom teeth.

After the examination, your dentist will inform you of all the findings and if any appropriate action has to be taken based on these findings.

Be Sure to Inform Your Dentist if:

  • You have been diagnosed with any new medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, etc
  • You are pregnant
  • You have any allergies
  • You have noticed any changes in the positioning, colour, looseness of your teeth
  • You have noticed any bleeding in your gums after brushing or flossing your teeth
  • You have noticed an increase in teeth sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet things
  • You have noticed a change in colour of the skin within the mouth
  • You smoke or chew tobacco
  • You notice any tightness in your neck or jaw muscles or any grinding of the teeth.

For any further questions on anything that has been said in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us at Aesthetic Dental of Barbados.