A comprehensive dental exam is essential for identifying any potential issues that may or may not present any symptoms. At Summit Dental Group, we perform a comprehensive dental exam for every new patient. This allows us to identify any issues that can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life.
Why You Need A Comprehensive Dental Exam
It’s very important to get a comprehensive dental exam during your first appointment with any new dentist. It’s also a good idea to get this exam if you haven’t visited a dentist in three or more years. This allows your Boise dentist to gain a better understanding of your dental health and come up with any necessary treatment plans.
What You Can Expect
Unlike a regular dental exam, a comprehensive exam will include several steps, designed to identify any specific potential issues. These include:
- Digital X-Rays: Your Boise dentist will perform a comprehensive dental X-ray to check for cavities, decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss, and other potential issues. An X-ray will also allow us to map out tooth and root positions so we can monitor any changes over time. With the visual reference an X-ray provides, we can better explain any conditions and treatment options to our patients.
- Gum Disease Screening: During a comprehensive dental exam, a hygienist at Summit Dental will inspect your gums and the bone around your teeth for any signs of gum disease. This is done using a periodontal probe, which is a small measuring tool that can determine pocket depth.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Unfortunately, oral cancer can go undetected for years before any obvious signs or symptoms arise. That’s why early detection is essential to promoting a positive outcome. With this in mind, your Boise dentist will inspect the tissues in your mouth for any lumps, lesions or discolorations that could signal oral cancer. This screening will include your mouth, gums, tongue, lips, and neck.
- Oral Exam: During an oral exam, your Boise dentist will inspect your teeth for any areas of decay while assessing the condition of your current restorations like fillings, bridges, crowns, and implants. If we find any potential issues, we will make recommendations on how to best correct the problem.
Preventative Care That Matters
Whether you’ve been skipping your regular dentist appointments, or you’re new to the Treasure Valley area, Summit Dental is your best choice for a comprehensive dental examination. Our Boise dentists can help you save money and maintain your overall health by identifying any oral health issues before they become severe. Take control of your dental health today by contacting us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.
If you have a toddler who hasn’t visited their Boise dentist yet, we invite you to make an appointment with us at Summit Dental Group. Our family dentistry believes that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal dental health and welcome people of all ages.
The best time to make an appointment for your toddler is when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. While this may seem a bit early, it is the best way to get them started on a path to lifelong dental health.
What Will Happen During Their Boise Dental Appointment?
While you may have some anxiety when it comes to your child’s first Boise dental visit, keep in mind that their checkup is usually short and involves very little treatment. Instead, think of it as a friendly meet and greet for your child. In fact, most of the time parents are invited to sit in a nearby chair and hold the hand of their child during their Boise dental examination. You can, however, choose to wait in the reception area so that a relationship can be built between your child and their Boise dentist. Really it’s up to you and your dentist.
During the exam, your Boise dentist may or may not have your child’s teeth cleaned but will check all of your child’s teeth for decay while looking for any potential problems and assess the need for fluoride depending on where you live and how much they are exposed too. Your Boise dentist will also educate you on how to care for your little one’s teeth and discuss dental development issues as well as answering any questions you may have.
After the first visit, your Boise dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. Typically dentists call for visits every six months depending on the oral health of your child.
Why Is Preventative Dental Care So Important?
According to a variety of national studies, more and more toddler aged children are getting cavities. In fact, many children are showing signs of tooth decay as early as age two. For children with an increased risk for dental problems, it’s important they receive a dental examination as early as possible. Below are some of the risk factors associated with tooth decay:
- Sleeping with a bottle.
- Drinking juice regularly throughout the day.
- Abnormal tooth development.
- Thumb sucking.
- Tooth grinding.
- Parents with significant tooth decay.
- Other physical/oral health problems.
When you bring your child in, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will analyze the condition of his or her teeth and identify and potential problems. Even more, it’s just as helpful for a parent to be educated of proper oral hygiene for their child. You can also learn more about some of the preventative services we offer, such as Boise dental sealants that can protect your child from cavities and tooth decay for up to 10 years.
Summit Dental Group
Make an appointment with our Boise dentists and bring your questions. Summit Dental Group in Boise provides family dentistry services as well as popular cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Contact us at (208) 345-8962 today!
As a day that centers around an hours-long meal of iconic and sugary foods (marshmallow sweet potato casserole, pecan pie, and cranberries, for example), Thanksgiving offers plenty of opportunity for tooth decay. If you want to make sure you teeth stay healthy for Christmas, take a look at our tips for Thanksgiving Day:
Rinse with Water.
Sugary treats like candy and desserts (and even sweet fruit) provide plenty of nutrients for the bacteria in your mouth, building up plaque. The acids in these foods can stay in your mouth for 20 minutes or more, so rinse with water as soon as you are done eating, or even in between dishes.
Take a Portable Toothbrush.
Many portable toothbrushes are no longer than the palm of your hand, making them incredible easy to place in a pocket or purse. Colgate Wisps don’t even need water to use. Coming pre-pasted, these brushes also have a pick on the end of the handle so you can floss. By brushing as soon as you are done eating and before a food coma sets in, you can protect your teeth from bacteria and plaque.
Brush When You Remember.
A portable brush means you can brush whenever, not just when you get home, tired and ready to fall asleep. Even if you know you will have a few drinks or snacks later, brush when you think about it so that you can’t forget. You can always brush again later!
Eat Dessert Close to the Main Course.
Try to eat your desserts close to your meal, as your mouth produces more saliva then and can better clean and protect your teeth from sugary foods. If that is not an option, try chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol afterwards. The gum will help your mouth produce more saliva while the xylitol sweetener may even encourage enamel growth.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family while also protecting your teeth with these great dental care tips for a holiday meal. Happy Thanksgiving from our Boise dentists and the rest of the Summit Dental office staff and team!