At least 35% of Americans haven’t seen a dentist in more than a year — which means millions currently have untreated oral health issues. Through regular dental exams at the office of Thomas J. Stern, DMD, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you can identify and treat problems while preventing new oral health issues. Dr. Stern takes a gentle approach, so you can feel confident about your dental exams. Book an appointment using the scheduling tool or call the office.
A dental exam is a comprehensive check of your teeth and gums. A dental exam includes two parts — the teeth cleaning and the examination.
A trained dental hygienist performs your teeth cleaning. The cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your teeth.
During a standard teeth cleaning, your hygienist cleans all the parts of your teeth down to the gums. Your hygienist also flosses between your teeth and polishes them.
Dr. Stern conducts your oral exam. He carefully checks every tooth for signs of damage, decay, or erosion and also evaluates your gums for recession. Dr. Stern performs an oral cancer evaluation and checks all soft tissue inside your mouth.
The appointment only takes an hour, and it can help prevent serious oral health problems like tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.
If Dr. Stern discovers issues during your exam, for example, cavities or periodontal disease, he explains all the treatment options at that time. In some cases, such as minor cavities, Dr. Stern may be able to perform treatment the same day.
If you need to schedule a dental procedure later, Dr. Stern helps you prepare. His goal is to provide completely comfortable procedures.
The answer can vary by person, but in most cases, people with healthy teeth and gums should come in for dental exams every six months.
If you have an excess of plaque and tartar buildup, extensive tooth decay, or severe periodontal disease, Dr. Stern may recommend dental exams four times a year. In these situations, you may need a deeper teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing) to remove the plaque and tartar under the gums.
By sticking to regular dental exams, you can prevent most oral health issues and treat emerging issues early. But if you skip exams, you’re likely to end up with serious (and costly) dental problems.
At the office of Thomas J. Stern, DMD, skilled oral health professionals are ready to help you with every aspect of excellent oral health. Call the office or book your dental exam using the online appointment tool.