Regular dental exams are one of the pillars of dental health. When you come in for your exam, we’ll take an in-depth look at your mouth and teeth to evaluate issues like tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease. From there, we’ll plan the best course of action to create your ideal smile.
Our Primary Focus is Your Oral Health
To keep yourself healthy, you should be proactive with dental issues and get them diagnosed before they get worse. We always examine your mouth during a cleaning, but an exam lets us take a much more in-depth look and identify any potential problems. Our primary focus is your oral health, but we’ll also check your face, neck, and mouth to identify any abnormalities (tooth decay, disease, or signs of oral cancer). Using x-rays and other diagnostics, we make sure your teeth, jaw, and gums are strong and healthy. And if there are any signs of decay or disease, we’ll develop a plan to tackle it and get your dental health back on track.
Our dentists may ask questions regarding your diet, at-home dental routine, and other lifestyle factors that affect your overall oral health. At Dental Express, our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to help prevent and treat dental issues. We may show you proper flossing or brushing techniques or even teach you the insider dental secrets to saving money and protecting your teeth at home. It’s our mission to see you smile and feel confident in your oral health. If you live in or near San Diego, CA, make an appointment for a dental examination at one of our six Dental Express locations.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer sounds scary. When identified early and treated correctly, oral cancer can be managed and eliminated. It’s our job to educate our patients and make them feel comfortable and confident in their dental routines and procedures, so they leave our office knowing they are being cared for and in good hands. Now, what is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is caused by cells growing out of control in the mouth or surrounding areas, such as the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, palate, sinuses, and throat. Your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening at your regular exams to look for early symptoms like sores, lumps, and red and white patches. We’ll also check your neck and jaw for any potential warning signs. If we find that you’re showing symptoms, we can perform a biopsy or refer you to an oral cancer specialist. Be proactive and have a dental exam to rinse away your fears.
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
Annual exams are crucial for San Diego residents of all ages. If you have early-stage gum disease, you likely won’t show any symptoms, and it won’t be visible to the naked eye. Catching dental issues early is the key to keeping your smile healthy and safe for years to come.
Even infants need regular dental exams. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends taking your child to the dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in. At Dental Express, we can guide you through your little one’s teething process and help you avoid issues like baby bottle tooth decay and pacifier overuse. That way, they develop healthy habits early and stick to them throughout their life.
As your child grows, we understand the importance and impression of the dental visit. Our state-of-the-art offices are designed to feel comfortable and safe for your children. Many kids love playing with the toys and watching the trains as they wait to meet our dentists. At Dental Express, we are committed to creating a positive experience where your child can’t wait to come back.
What to Expect
During your exam, we’ll do an in-depth analysis of your mouth – from your teeth and gums to your throat – searching for any signs of gum disease and oral cancer. To give us a deeper understanding of your current dental health, we may take x-rays and scan for any potential problems. Then, we’ll examine your bite, jaw, and neck. And finally, if you have any restorations like crowns or veneers, we’ll make sure they’re still functioning properly and fitting comfortably.
If we found anything during the exam, our dentists will schedule a follow-up appointment and review your treatment options. Full transparency before, during, and after your exam is our focus. We may give you a lot of information and recommendations. Don’t hesitate to call our office, ask questions, and make sure you fully understand the best steps to maintaining a healthy, happy mouth. In addition to your dental exam and follow-up appointment, you will still want to brush and floss every day, receive biannual cleanings, and schedule yearly dental exams. Optimal dental health starts at home.
Before and after meeting with your dentist, a treatment planner will review your dental insurance breakdown, making sure you understand your policy, maximize your benefits, and have full transparency. Our team is dedicated to helping you receive the best dental care at the most affordable price. During your meeting with the dental planner, we encourage you to ask questions and get to know your policy. Once we have identified your needs, we will talk to your insurance to calculate your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses. Most providers will cover routine dental exams since they’re such an integral part of an oral health regimen. If you don’t have dental insurance, Dental Express accepts many payments, including medical financing. Our team is happy and committed to work with you and to help you find an affordable option.
Annual Dental Exams
Make your annual dental exam a habit. Don’t wait until something comes up to go to the dentist. When you’re proactive with your dental care, you give yourself a leg up in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
At Dental Express, we’re committed to making your experience something to smile about, so you and your family will look forward to seeing us again. Schedule your next dental exam at one of our locations in San Diego, CA. We’d love to service your smile!