Since the process of consuming and digesting food starts in the mouth, everything we consume causes nutrients to remain between our teeth, and these nutrients cause bacteria to form over time, causing oral health to deteriorate. This is why regular dental examinations are necessary.
What is a Dental Examination?
A detailed examination of the problems in the teeth or gums by dentists is called a dental examination. During the examination, existing or potential problems are identified and the necessary treatment process is planned to eliminate them. Regular dental examinations are of great importance in terms of early planning of the treatment process and preventing tooth loss or similar problems in the future. The procedures that can be performed by the dentist during a dental examination are as follows:
Teeth and gums are examined in detail and existing problems are detected. With a detailed dental examination, existing problems can be detected to a great extent.
X-rays are often requested in today's dental examinations. Thanks to X-rays, conditions such as damage to the jaw bones, the presence and condition of impacted teeth, the presence of cysts, abscesses, tumors or invisible caries can be easily detected. In addition to normal X-rays, dentists may also request panoramic X-rays to visualize the upper and lower jaw bones together.
During the examination, the physician may perform a professional cleaning process both to see the underlying problems and to ensure oral hygiene. Special sprays are used during the cleaning process and the underside of the gum line is cleaned. In this way, tartar and plaque that can cause bad breath, caries or bigger problems are removed. After the cleaning process, teeth polishing can be performed if necessary.
How often is a dental examination performed?
If there are no problems with your teeth or gums that you can see or feel, a dental check-up between 3 and 6 months is considered ideal. However, if you have any problems with your teeth or have had procedures such as fillings or root canal treatment, then you can keep the time between visits to the dentist shorter.