If you want to stay healthy, you need to be proactive with dental problems by getting them diagnosed and treated before they can become bigger issues. This is why it's important to schedule a comprehensive dental exam for you and your family every year. While teeth are checked during a cleaning, a dental exam provides a much more in-depth analysis of your mouth as a whole. Dental exams at Great Lakes Bay Dental evaluate your overall and oral health by checking for tooth decay, signs of oral cancer, and other diseases. Experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement will determine your need for treatments and check your bite and jaw for any problems. A series of x-rays will be taken to get better insight into the health of your teeth, jaw, and gums. If you live in or near Midland, MI, schedule a dental exam for your family at Great Lakes Bay Dental.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes any abnormal group of cells in the mouth, including the gums, jawbone, lips, tongue, throat, and salivary glands. Every dental examination at Great Lakes Bay Dental includes an oral cancer screening to look for early signs of cancer, including sores, inflammation, lumps, and lesions. Dr. Clement will also palpate the neck and jaw for abnormalities. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy may be performed or you will be referred to a specialist for further care.
Midland, MI patients of all ages should get a dental exam every year. Many common conditions, like gum disease (the biggest cause of tooth loss), do not have symptoms you can notice on your own. When concerns are caught early, you are more likely to have more treatment options and an easier recovery.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children go to the dentist before their first birthday. Dr. Clement can help with dental problems involving pacifiers, teething, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our team at Great Lakes Bay Dental can teach you how to care for and clean your baby's mouth so they can develop healthy habits early, which will also help them throughout their life. Dental exams are also crucial for children as they get older and their mouths begin to develop.
What To Expect
Your appointment will start with measuring your blood pressure and then an overall evaluation of your teeth, gums, tongue, throat, the roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other oral checkpoints. This includes looking for signs of oral cancer in your mouth. Dr. Clement or a member of his team will take digital x-rays and screen for abnormal tissue in the gums. Dr. Clement will evaluate your head, neck, and jaw, including your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. He will then talk with you about any concerns found and how to best treat them. Dr. Clement will discuss any health conditions you have, prescriptions you may be taking, and how they might be impacting your oral health by causing dry mouth and tooth decay. Finally, he will examine any prosthetics you have, like bridges and dentures, to check the fit and wear.
When to schedule your next appointment will depend on your oral health. If Dr. Clement does not identify any problems, then the only follow-up would be to continue a home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing twice a day, along with scheduling annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Great Lakes Bay Dental. If Dr. Clement does see something that needs to be treated, options will be discussed and scheduled.
Since a dental exam is so important to your dental health, it is usually covered by dental insurance. Our office will talk to your insurance company to understand your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Great Lakes Bay Dental accepts many payment options, including medical financing. Our team works with you to make sure you can afford good oral health.
Annual Dental Exams
True oral health means more than just going to the dentist when you notice that something goes wrong. You have to be proactive with your preventive care. This proactivity can save your teeth and gums, as well as a significant amount of time and money. We recommend visiting Dr. Clement at Great Lakes Bay Dental annually for a dental examination. Doing so will enable you to stay on top of problems by catching them early. Our team works hard to make dental examinations a positive experience for you so that you'll enjoy coming back every time. Contact our office in Midland, MI to schedule your annual exam.