Why Do We Need Dental Exams?

When was the last time you stopped in for a routine dental exam? Unfortunately, people often put off these visits. A dental checkup is essential for keeping your smile healthy and preventing minor problems from becoming something much more serious. Why do we need dental exams and when should our Omaha, NE, patients schedule one?

Try Our Quiz on Dental Exams

  1. True or False: You need to see us regularly.
  2. True or False: We identify possible signs of trouble.
  3. True or False: Children need them too.
  4. True or False: We also clean your teeth.

Answer Key

  1. True. We agree with the American Dental Association: Patients of all ages need to have an exam about once every six months. However, if you have risk factors for serious oral health issues, like gum disease, we may suggest one every three to four months.
  2. True. During your exam, we look at the teeth for signs of decay and infection. We also examine the gums for indicators of gingivitis and gum disease. We also watch for the warning signs of oral cancer, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. Identifying these issues in the earliest possible stages helps protect the health of your smile.
  3. True. Children are just as susceptible to decay as adults, meaning they also benefit from regular checkups every six months. The first exam should happen around age one, as the first bay tooth erupts, After that, a regular visit twice a year is recommended. Not only do your kids enjoy optimal oral health, but these visits help instill good dental habits while also reducing the risk of dental anxiety.
  4. True. We also perform a cleaning during these visits, which removes all plaque from the teeth. You leave with brighter teeth, fresher breath, and a reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Do You Have Questions About Maintaining Healthy Smiles?

We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health for many years to come. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.