Dental Exam in Plymouth, MA

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The Importance of Dental Exams

At Plymouth Dental Group, our goal is to help your family enjoy healthy, functional teeth for life. To keep your smile healthy, it is essential to be proactive and have any dental concerns treated before they advance into larger issues. During a comprehensive dental exam, our dentists will evaluate your overall oral hygiene and health by looking for signs of tooth decay (cavities), periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer, and other concerns that may impact your smile and general well-being. Our team may use advanced technology, such as digital x-rays and laser cavity detection, to fully examine your teeth, gums, bite, and other oral checkpoints and to diagnose any conditions that may require dental care. If you live near Plymouth or Kingston, MA, we invite you to schedule a dental exam at our friendly family practice.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is an abnormal group of cells that can develop anywhere within the mouth, including on the gums, jawbone, lips, salivary glands, tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft and hard palates, and throat. Each dental exam at Plymouth Dental Group includes an oral cancer screening to look for sores, lumps, nodules, raised areas, and lesions, which may indicate abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous concerns. Our dentists will also palpate the jaw, head, and neck area for irregularities. If any areas of concern are discovered, a biopsy may be performed, or we may refer you to a specialist for further care. Our team will also show you how to conduct self-oral cancer screening to help you identify any areas of concern between visits.

Who Should Receive Exams?

Our dentists recommend that all patients receive a dental exam during biannual preventive care visits and as needed to evaluate tooth pain or concerns that arise between checkups. Some of the most common problems, such as gum disease (the primary cause of tooth loss in adults), may not have symptoms that are easy to see but can be detected by our team during a routine exam visit. When dental problems are detected early, the treatment options are often more conservative and offer a better chance at a full recovery.

The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time before turning a year old. Our team can talk with you about common concerns including teething, thumb-sucking, and the risk of baby bottle tooth decay. We can also show you how to clean and care for your little one's teeth and gums so they develop healthy habits that serve them well throughout their life. Dental exams are also vital for children as their permanent teeth emerge and their jaws begin to develop.

What To Expect During Your Visit

Preventive care exams at Plymouth Dental Group are generally provided during your routine dental cleaning visits and begin with a review of your medical and dental histories. At some exam visits, we may take a set of digital x-rays to gain greater insight into your overall oral health and view areas not visible to the naked eye. A member of our team will also screen for periodontal disease by measuring the spaces between your teeth and gums. Our dentists will then perform an oral cancer screening and assess the function of your bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Using both traditional exploration techniques and DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection technology, we will check your teeth for signs of tooth decay and evaluate the fit and wear of any fillings, crowns, bridges, or other restorations you may have.

Follow-Up Recommendations

Any areas of concern or treatment recommendations will then be thoroughly reviewed with you. Our friendly, caring team can then answer any questions you may have about your oral health or treatment needs and give you tips on how to best maintain your oral hygiene. At the end of your exam visit, our team can help you schedule any visits for follow-up treatment and set up your next dental checkup visit. Keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing each day and regular preventive care at Plymouth Dental Group can help your family enjoy healthy teeth and happy smiles.

Insurance Coverage

Since dental exams are significant to your dental health, these services are frequently covered by insurance. We are in-network with several major insurance companies and will be happy to help you understand your benefits. Plymouth Dental Group accepts several payments, including medical financing, to help you cover any personal costs for your family's dental care.

Maintain a Healthy Smile

Dental exams are an important component in preventing the progression of oral disease and preserving the health of your smile. At Plymouth Dental Care, our dentists use the latest in dental technology to identify cavities and other dental problems early on, which can reduce your need for more invasive future care. Help your family enjoy healthy smiles for life by scheduling your dental exams at our Plymouth, MA practice today!

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