Balboa Island Dentistry in Newport Beach, California, strives to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. This means having bi-annual dental exams and maintaining optimal dental hygiene between visits. Sometimes, patients forget to make semi-annual appointments or come to see Dr. Stephen Alfano only when they already have dental problems. By seeing your dentist regularly, you avoid numerous dental problems that cause pain and are expensive to treat.
A typical dental exam lasts about one to two hours, depending on the condition of your oral health. During a dental check-up, we inspect your mouth for signs of cavities, gum disease, damaged dental work, and other oral issues. We also check your bite and jaw joints to rule out bruxism (tooth grinding) and TMJ disorder.
If it has been years since your last dental X-rays, we will arrange for some to assess your dental health below the gum line. Should any issues be identified, we will perform additional diagnostic procedures and provide tailored treatment plans to restore your oral health.
We follow your dental exam with a professional dental cleaning. During this procedure, our dental hygienist uses a dental scaler to remove accumulated plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. After a thorough cleaning, we floss and polish your teeth to eliminate superficial stains, leaving you with a radiant and vibrant smile.
Dental exams allow us to detect dental problems even before you become aware of them. For instance, cavities or gum disease aren’t obvious in the early stages because they rarely cause pain or present obvious signs. Unfortunately, by the time they become noticeable, they have progressed significantly.
Dental exams offer numerous benefits, including the following:
While the rule of thumb is to see a dentist every six months, sometimes you must see us more often. For instance, if you have weakened immunity, diabetes, or heart disease, we recommend you increase the frequency of dental visits because these conditions put you at risk of gum disease and other oral problems.
Has it been over six months since you last saw a dentist?