Your dental exam consists of the dentist looking in your mouth and examining things that can affect your oral and overall health. Although you may feel there is nothing wrong many things happening in your mouth you can not see or feel in the early stages whereas your dentist is highly trained to detect. The things that your dentist is looking for and checking are as follows:
* going over your overall general medical history to determine how it affects your oral health
* checking for plaque and tartar and the appropriate dental cleaning needed
* the overall condition of your teeth and mouth
* checking for cracked, damaged or decayed teeth
* examining the state of your gums, checking for gum disease, including gum measurements,
* assessing previous dental work
* suspicious growths in and around your mouth and tongue
* signs of any oral cancers
* whether you clench or grind your teeth which can cause cracks and wear your teeth down.
* examination of your tongue, roof and floor of your mouth
* TMJ – checking the jaw joints
* checking the condition of the bones in your face, jaw and mouth
* taking of dental x-rays which helps the dentist see between the teeth, check root canals of the teeth, infections and assess previous dental work
* an examination of your neck area, glands and lymph nodes
* checking your blood pressure
Early detection and prevention is our goal. The dentist goes through the findings and suggests the appropriate treatment, appointments and or referrals necessary. Be sure to ask lots of questions so that you can understand your oral health and be a part of making it better.
Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski Dental Office – We Protect Your Smile!
Although the cause of black hairy tongue is unknown, it has been suggested that some of the causes may be due to poor oral hygiene, antibiotic use, smoking, breathing through the mouth or not enough saliva is produced. It is a painless condition that occurs when the little bumps on your tongue grow long and they trap the bacteria that live in your mouth. It makes your tongue look black and hairy.
Brushing your tongue with a soft bristle toothbrush or using a tongue scraper will help, however for proper diagnosis of your individual case be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Cleaning Aids for Dental Bridge, Implant, or Crown
SuperFloss: Starts with a stiff end of floss for threading under bridge, followed by a fluffier middle section of floss for filling the space under the abutment and ending with regular floss for cleaning the remaining teeth.
Interdental Brushes: A small cylindrical brush used to clean in between teeth and comes in a variety of sizes. Easier to use if the dental bridge is located further back in the mouth and difficult to thread superfloss under.
*When cleaning an implant, make sure it doesn’t have a metal wire component to avoid scratching the implant under the crown.*
Waterpik: A pulsating water device used to clean around difficult to reach areas with regular floss.
To find which tool is right for you be sure to ask your dental professional at your next check-up and cleaning appointment.
Blog by: Joanna – RDH