It has been made increasingly evident that routine dental examinations offer a look into the greater health of the body. Demonstrable links have been made between aspects of oral health, including bone density and gum disease, and a plethora of conditions which affect varied parts of the body. Examples include:
- Cardiovascular troubles
- Systemic disorders, including leukemia
- Immune system irregularities
- Sinus problems
- Sleep disordered breathing
A periodic oral examination is what you might ordinarily think of as your regular dental check-up. At dhealth Dentistry, a periodic oral examination is a recommended part of our long term dental care solution. The standard recommendation is that a periodic oral examination is scheduled every 6 months.
Now, whilst periodic oral examinations are vital to the maintenance of your greater bodily health, their primary function remains that of oral care and maintenance. So, what exactly should you expect from a periodic oral examination?
What’s Included in a Periodic Oral Examination
A periodic oral examination aims to provide a whole lot more value than just a vital professional clean. Given that the periodic exam is conducted as part of a routine maintenance plan with established patients, your dentist will be aware of your dental history and current dental work. This means that the current state of your oral health plan will be monitored and maintained using a number of methods, including:
- X-rays, if necessary, can be taken according to requirement. A sequence of full mouth x-rays will reveal any irregularities in the structures that support your teeth, as well as in the teeth themselves.
- Intra-oral examination of gums, teeth, tongue, throat, cheeks and lips.
- Scale and polish. An important treatment to remove built-up plaque deposits that have the potential to cause gum disease.
- Consultation and advice on your oral health habits and practices.
The Benefits of a Periodic Oral Examination
More than just valuable, a periodic oral examination is a necessary feature of your long term oral care. We strongly suggest a bi-yearly schedule for these appointments, even for patients who have no immediate and explicit need for treatment. Regular dental appointments are part of your long term requirements for continued health and wellbeing.
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