Dental Exams & Checkups – Hoover, AL
Catch Dental Disease
Before It Develops
If you want to eliminate bacteria from your mouth, oral hygiene is absolutely necessary. Long-term ailments, whether it’s gingivitis (the mild form of gum disease) or periodontitis (the more severe form), develop as a result of bacteria that forms plaque and eventually hardens on the teeth and gums. Without removal, it can lead to severe and even permanent damage to your oral structures. By maintaining a good at-home dental care routine and regular checkups, you can keep your mouth free of bacteria and stop inflammation, decay, infection and tooth loss.
Why Choose Moulton Dentistry for Dental Exams & Checkups?
- Dentist Dedicates As Much Time as Possible to Patients
- Runs On Time – Minimal Waiting Required
- Intraoral Cameras and Digital X-rays for More Efficient Diagnosis
Why You Should Always Get a Dental Exam
Through regular dental exams, we can not only confirm the effectiveness of your current methods of dental care, but also suggest tips for your future care to help protect your smile and prevent potential complications, including gum disease and cavities. These visits also make it easier to catch problems earlier and fixed them quicker and more easily.
When You Should Get Your Exam Completed
We recommend that patients get their dental exam completed once every six months. Of course, we encourage you to consult with our team first so we can determine how often your mouth should be examined. For example, we may want you to visit more frequently if you perform habits that can negatively affect your oral health, including smoking. If tooth and root decay as well as gum disease are more frequent as a result of your genetic disposition to oral bacteria, we may ask that you visit more often.
What to Expect During Your Dental Exam
Our team makes sure to carefully and thoroughly clean your teeth during your dental exam, removing external stains and tartar (calculus), which is more difficult to remove than normal plaque. Tartar removal requires a professional touch as well as advanced dental instruments. During your exam, we’ll also confirm the signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If needed, an X-ray will be performed so we can create a more detailed summary of your oral health and more effectively address problems. Dr. Moulton will ask about your current dental care methods, including whether or not you brush your teeth, floss or use toothpastes containing fluoride. This information will help us better demonstrate how proper dental care is performed and provide suggestions on how you can improve your oral care habits, ensuring optimal oral health.
Do You Need to Prepare for a Dental Exam?
Make sure to practice good dental care prior to your dental exam. This is done by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, as recommend by Dr. Moulton. Please clean your teeth beforehand on the day of your appointment. It is more helpful to remove plaque before your visit so that our team can focus on the more difficult areas that you aren’t able to reach. Furthermore, having pertinent information on hand regarding your medical history, insurance coverage, and current dental care methods always make our job easier. We don’t want you to feel embarrassed about your current oral care habits; our team is never here to judge you. Instead, we’d much rather work with you by giving advice intended to improve your oral care habits! Once your exam is over, please be prepared to schedule a follow-up or checkup appointment.