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Why do I need a regular dental exam?


 A thorough dental exam, as provided by our office, will include an assessment for decay activity, periodontal disease, oral cancer, infection, malocclusion (bite problems), dry mouth, tooth erosion, bruxism, or any other concerns specific for each patient.   Part of the oral evaluation is a thorough 'gum exam' which includes evaulation of the gingival sulcus (pocket), quality of the tissue, evaluation of bony support on the x-rays, and many other contributing factors.

Regular evaluation of these issues enable us to address problems before they become difficult to correct. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important.

For children, many of these same areas are evaluated as well as noting proper eruption patterns or orthodontic concerns.  We also prioritize helping them develop good hygeine and dietary habits, as well as a high comfort level at the dental office.  Our wish is that they may carry these tools with them into adulthood.

 We would be happy to address any questions you may have.  Please contact us for more information.

Oral Cancer Screening

The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.
Exams at Delmont Dental include an Oral Cancer screening.  The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.  These areas are checked for any abnormalities during your routine exam.

Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.