Dental Exam – Silver Spring, MD

Dental examinations are a critical part of maintaining a healthy smile, & they’re important for ensuring that your teeth stay healthy & no dental diseases develop unnoticed. We’ll perform a comprehensive dental exam at your first appointment with us, & we’ll also perform exams regularly as a part of your checkup appointments. During a dental examination, we’ll do all of the following:

  • X-Rays: First, we’ll review your dental x-rays to look for anomalies like tooth decay, cysts, tumors, or jawbone loss. X-rays give us a full picture of the teeth & jaws, so we’ll also look to make sure the roots of your teeth are normal & healthy. If you don’t have x-rays that are current, we’ll take new ones at your appointment.
  • Oral Cancer Check: The most important part of fighting cancer is early detection & treatment, so when you come in for an appointment, we’ll also check your face, throat, neck, lips, tongue, & gums for any signs of oral cancer. If we find anything that looks suspicious, we’ll refer a specialist.
  • Gum Disease Check: We’ll perform a thorough evaluation of your gums to see if you have any signs of gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, & we’ll also check to see if your gum line is receding at all.
  • Tooth Decay Check: We’ll examine every area of your teeth to look for plaque, tartar, decay, & cavities.
  • Any Dental Work or Restorations: If you’ve had restorative dental procedures in the past like crowns or fillings, we’ll examine those to ensure they look normal & healthy. If we find any problems, we’ll talk to you about repairing them.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

After your dental exam, it’s time for a professional dental cleaning. This will be performed by one of our registered dental hygienists, & it’s a critical part of keeping your mouth healthy & preventing tooth decay. During your cleaning, we’ll do all of the following:

  • Remove Plaque: Bacteria occur naturally in the mouth, but if they’re left on the teeth for long enough, they can grow together & form a sticky biofilm called plaque. Plaque adheres to the surface of the teeth & produces corrosive acids that eat away at the teeth & inflame the gums, eventually causing dental decay, cavities, & gum disease. We’ll use a variety of dental instruments to remove any plaque from your teeth.
  • Remove Calculus (Tartar): Sometimes, if plaque is left on the teeth long enough, it can combine with minerals in the mouth to form calculus, a harder substance that’s firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus is impossible to remove without special dental instruments, so we’ll carefully clean off any signs of calculus from your teeth.
  • Polishing: After cleaning your teeth of any bacteria, plaque, or calculus, we’ll polish your teeth to remove staining & leave them shiny & clean.

Schedule Your Dental Exam & Professional Cleaning

A professional dental exam & cleaning is the only way to completely clean your mouth, & regular checkups like this are a foundational part of your dental hygiene regimen. With daily brushing & flossing, regular dental check-up appointments, & a watchful eye to the health of your teeth, you can keep your teeth & smile looking healthy & beautiful for your entire life. If you have any questions about maintaining proper dental health or would like to schedule a dental exam & cleaning for yourself or a loved one, we would be happy to help you.   Request Your Appointment or Call us today at  301-585-1515.