Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

Your Family Dental Pocket Guide to the Dental Exam

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Good dental care at home and regular dental cleanings are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Another essential element of good oral health is a yearly dental exam. During your visit, your dentist will perform a variety of tasks to help ensure that you achieve the best possible oral health. He or she will probably ask you for a medical history and medication update before the oral inspection begins. A comprehensive oral exam and cancer screening will follow. Here are a few more details to help you understand the process.

The Visual and Manual Oral Exam

One of the primary procedures in general dentistry is the visual exam. Your dentist will start by looking closely at all of your teeth and the tissues surrounding them. An instrument called an explorer will be used to check each tooth manually. The explorer can reveal areas of decay and signs of gum recession, inflammation, and other problems. In some cases, your general dentistry provider will also order dental X-rays to help diagnose any hidden conditions that need attention.

The Basic Oral Cancer Screening

During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will examine the soft tissues inside your mouth for lesions, discoloration, lumps, or other abnormalities. If a suspicious spot is found, you will need further testing to determine if cancer is present. You will likely be referred to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. The risk of oral cancer rises if you use tobacco products, drink alcohol excessively, or have a history of oral cancer. If you are concerned about your cancer risk, talk to your dentist about referring you for specialized oral cancer screenings.

Find Dentists who are the Right Fit for You

If you haven’t had a dental exam in over a year, it’s time to call your family dental clinic and schedule your visit. Keep in mind that some dental insurance companies will only cover basic exams, so it’s best to determine exactly what services are covered in advance of your appointment date. If you don’t already have a trusted family dental professional in mind, browse listings under general dentistry or family dentistry in your phone directory to find dentists who can treat both you and other family members.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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