An important part of taking care of your teeth is scheduling a routine checkup and cleaning every six months. During these checkups, our dentists at Weymouth Dental Associates will conduct complete oral exams at our offices in Weymouth, MA.
Our dentists conduct comprehensive examinations of your mouth and teeth to assess your dental and overall health. They will carefully look at your teeth to check for signs of tooth decay. They will also carefully examine the gums for signs of gum disease.
While checking your teeth and gums, our dentists also look for signs of other conditions like oral cancer. In its beginning stages, you can easily miss the symptoms of oral cancer, but a dentist can spot them by looking at the soft tissues of your mouth.
They will check your lips for sores, the inside of your cheeks, and the back of your tongue for red or white lesions, hard lumps, and ask you some questions. Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, and approximately 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Our dentists at Weymouth Dental Associates in Weymouth, MA, will also check the alignment of your jaw, teeth, and your bite during complete oral exams. If you have an over, under, or crossbite, they can suggest ways to correct it.
If you have a problem with teeth grinding, your dentist may recommend wearing a nightguard while you sleep. This mouthpiece can cushion your teeth and prevent problems caused by grinding your teeth during the night.
During complete oral exams, our dentists can also spot the signs of medical conditions that affect your overall health. They can see the beginning signs of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart, and kidney diseases and will recommend seeing your physician for follow-ups.
If it’s been a while since you’ve last seen a dentist, contact Weymouth Dental Associates in Weymouth, MA, to schedule an appointment for yourself and your family to get complete oral exams.