During your dental checkup, we do a routine cleaning to remove hardened plaque, clean your teeth and clean your gum line. However, we also look for warning signs or developing problems like cavities, broken teeth, loosening or loose teeth, or signs of infection in the gums.  We also look for damaged fillings, damaged crowns, and potential tooth alignment problems. We look for the signs of gum disease by testing the depth of your gingival pockets.  We evaluate your bite to determine if you have been grinding your teeth.  WOAH! That is a lot but these are all keys to good oral health. 

Some Surprising Things Your Dentist Does

Did you know we also examine your lower jaw joints for problems? We also examine the soft tissues in your heath, mouth, neck and examine your lymph nodes to look for signs of infection or possible cancer. Don’t worry! If we find a problem we’ll work hard to give you treatment options and a diagnosis.

Why Routine Exams Are Important

There are a lot of things going on as you read above. These are the keys to providing effective, minimally invasive treatment that can save you money in the long run. The most expensive dental problems are ones that are not caught early. Using diagnostic tools such as X-Rays we can find things you may not even be aware of yet!

How Often Should You See the Dentist

The standard of care is that you should see Dr. Colson twice a year. However, if you are experiencing a dental condition you may need to come in more often. Your oral health is important. It is a significant part of your overall health. Some medical conditions such as cardiac conditions or diabetes can put you a greater risk of gum disease and infection. Immune system problems due to diseases like HIV or cancer can put you at higher risk of oral infections. Some medications result in dry mouth and limited saliva product which puts you are a much greater risk of cavities. Always tell Dr. Colson about any medications or supplements you are currently taking during your regular office visits. The earlier we address problems the easier your treatment will be and the better the outcome.