What Is a Dental Exam?

A dental exam or dental checkup is when a dentist checks the health of your teeth and gums. Often, a dental exam is combined with a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist. Visiting the dentist is recommended at least every six months (or twice a year) by the American Dental Association. Doing so is essential in keeping your smile healthy because it allows for the prevention, identification, and treatment of dental disease.

Comprehensive Dental Care

Thanks to modern technology, dental exams have become quicker and more effective than ever! While Dr. Chittajallu will evaluate the health your mouth with simple dental tools like an angled mirror or dental probe, our office also utilizes advanced technology, such as digital X-rays, an intraoral camera, and OralID™. With our family-friendly comprehensive dental services, we can provide accurate diagnosis and early treatment for a variety of oral health issues.

Importance of Routine Dental Exams

Regular dental exams allow you to be aware of your oral health status and how to improve it! Sometimes the beginnings of dental disease can be detected at home. But many times, you need the expertise of a dental professional and advanced dental technology to know a problem is brewing.

During your exam, we’ll answer any questions you have about your oral health. We’ll also check for dental disease and recommend treatment. For example, we look for:

  • Tooth Decay – weakened areas of enamel, the outer layer of teeth, that can often be reversed with improved oral hygiene and diet
  • Cavities – permanent areas of decay in the form of holes or pits
  • Gum Disease – inflamed or infected gums that bleed, feel tender, and can cause loose teeth and tooth loss
  • Oral Cancer – abnormal growth or sore in the mouth or throat that requires special treatment

Dental Exams & Cleanings in Austin, TX

When was the last time you received a dental exam? If it has been more than six months, get in touch with our office. At Southwest Smiles, we offer exams and cleanings and other routine preventive dentistry services to help your smile stay healthy and beautiful!

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