Dental Exams

Dental Exams

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What is a Dental Exam?

A dental exam, commonly referred to as a dental checkup, is the process used by our clinical team to carefully review your oral health. At Waterside Dental, our dental exams involve the entire mouth, as a component of a first time visit or a regular 6-month check-up. Additionally, dental checkups can asses your overall oral health. As your local Port Charlotte dentist, we understand the importance of good oral hygiene. Dental exams can be used to identify a specific issue in one area of the mouth, such as, swelling, broken teeth, or other dental issues.

Why Do I Need a Dental Exam?

Most adults should get a dental exam every six months. If you have swollen, bleeding gums (known as gingivitis) or other gum disease, your dentist may want to see you more often. Some adults with gum disease may see a dentist three or four times a year. More frequent exams may help prevent a serious gum disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to infection and tooth loss.

How Do I Prepare for a Dental Exam?

To keep your mouth healthy, you'll need to take good care of your teeth and gums, both by having regular dental exams and practicing good dental habits at home. Good home oral care includes the following steps:

Good home oral care includes the following steps:
  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Brush for about two minutes.
  • Use a toothpaste that has fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.
  • Floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque, which can damage teeth and gums.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
  • Eat a healthy diet, avoiding or limiting sweets and sugary drinks. If you do eat or drink sweets, brush your teeth soon after.
  • Don't smoke. Smokers have more oral health problems than nonsmokers.
  • Dentist in Port Charlotte, Florida

    At Waterside Dental, we take a lot of pride in serving the Port Charlotte area. Choosing the right dentist can be difficult but we are confident that our dental team will provide the best patient experience in Port Charlotte. Request an appointment today to receive a dental exam from our clinical team.
    Waterside Dental Port Charlotte
    3280 Tamiami Trail
    Port Charlotte, FL 33952
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    8:00am - 5:00pm
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