Why Are Oral Exams Important?
Regular oral exams are essential for you smile and help keep your entire body healthy and happy. It helps you to practice good oral hygiene and minimize the possibility of potential dental problems. Regular exams also catch any existing dental issues and diseases early on, preventing bigger problems down the road.
Those bigger problems (infections, cavities and gum disease) don’t just impact your mouth. Studies have linked gum disease with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and more.
An oral exam can help detect gum disease and oral cancer, and diagnose the need for fillings, root canals, orthodontic, and other treatments. To be thorough, oral exams typically need the additional information that can be shown with x-rays.