Brushing and flossing your teeth at home isn’t enough to maintain good oral health. We also recommend you schedule dental exams every 6 months so our Grand Haven dentists can check for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

We understand you have a busy schedule. However, routine oral examinations can help you avoid tooth pain and expensive dental procedures.

What Happens At an Oral Exam?

Depending on what x-rays we took during your last visit, we may need to take new ones. For example, we need to do a panoramic x-ray every 2 to 5 years to check for bone abnormalities, impacted teeth, cysts, and other oral health issues. Dental x-rays help us understand what is happening beneath the surface so you can avoid problems in the future.

During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your oral health. Our oral exam dentist and hygienist will be more than happy to explain how you can achieve a beautiful healthy smile. We’ll also perform an oral cancer screening and a thorough teeth cleaning, check your bite and jaw for alignment issues, and make sure you understand your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Many people avoid the dentist, either because they’re nervous or just busy. However, regular oral exams are the only way to catch oral health issues before they become severe. If tooth decay is left unchecked, you might end up needing a root canal to save the damaged tooth. In severe cases, we might even have to remove the tooth entirely. It’s always easier to drill a cavity than it is to extract an infected tooth.

Regular dental exams with the team at Grand Haven Smiles can help you keep your oral health in check. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI oral examination dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.