Hygiene Visits: Exam

Regular Exams Are Critical to Your Dental Health

A regular dental exam is the key to long-term dental health. Dr. Harris is focused on care and prevention to give you a healthy mouth — for life. To help you, you must first help yourself. It all starts with your commitment to an exam every 6 months.

Brushing, flossing, and eating a balanced diet are important ways you can protect your own dental health. But it’s not enough to control everything that’s going on — or could go on — in your mouth.

For example, plaque that’s not removed by regular brushing turns into tartar your toothbrush won’t get rid of. When tartar builds up, you risk damage to your teeth, gums, and overall health. Only a professional tooth cleaning can remove tartar.

Another consideration is prevention and identification of diseases like gum disease and oral cancers. Early detection and treatment always ensures better outcomes.

Finally, we evaluate the health and function of every part of your mouth — from your sinuses to your neck — during your exam. We spot potential problems to keep you healthy and pain-free.

The first thing we do during every visit is talk to you. We rely on communication as the cornerstone of a successful healthcare partnership. Do you have questions or concerns? Are you experiencing any symptoms or pain? Are there changes in your medical history? How are you feeling about your dental health?

After we talk, our dental hygienist will clean your teeth, examine your gums, and take x-rays. Different types of x-rays allow us to see different things. We’ll always choose only those we think you need.

After your exam, Dr. Harris will talk to you about your dental health, address any concerns you have, discuss how you can help at home, and make recommendations to treat any issues she discovered.

Don’t sell yourself short by skipping dental exams. Stick to a schedule of regular exams, and Dr. Harris will make sure you have a healthy mouth so you can look and feel your best every day.

Featured Testimonial

Alida was excellent as always and I really liked her new assistant (my son)! We really had a great time and she made it fun for my son to wait for me. She is an excellent hygienist!

- Ellen, Midlothian