To be proactive and get a complete idea of your oral health, it is necessary to perform an oral examination and take digital X-rays. During the exam, our dentist will look for signs of gum disease, and any other abnormalities. A series of X-rays will also be taken to show what is not as easily detected with the naked eye., cavities,
The Importance of Regular Checkups
Having our dentist take a closer look at your entire mouth as well as face and neck is important for the overall health of your body. In fact, certain systemic diseases, like lupus and diabetes, can first present themselves as abnormalities in the mouth.
A dental exam is also a time in which diet or oral hygiene habits can be discussed. If needed, we can demonstrate proper brushing or flossing techniques for you or even recommend certain procedures. As a whole, oral examinations can lead to serious issues being caught early on when they’re most treatable.
Why X-rays Are Necessary
X-rays are valuable tools used in dentistry to uncover hidden issues or to help with treatment planning. Digital X-rays have dramatically improved over the years and pose no threat to the patient. Typically X-rays are performed yearly and kept for reference.
New patients are asked to undergo dental X-rays so that our dentist and staff are brought up to speed on the state of your oral health. There is no special preparation involved with X-rays of this kind. We will simply lay a lead vest across your chest and lap to prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure and position the machine as needed.
Schedule a Visit Today
Oral examinations, X-rays, and dental cleanings are all critical components of preventive dentistry. All three work together to give our Washington, MI, dentist and his staff an idea of where you’re at with your oral health. Make an appointment by calling Washington Family Dental at (586) 752-4545 or fill out our online contact form.