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Comprehensive Exams

Periodontal disease, commonly known as "Gum Disease" is becoming the primary cause of tooth loss in the adult population! According to the American Dental Association, at least 60% of adults in the United States have moderate to severe periodontal disease!

A comprehensive exam lays the foundation for excellent dental care. Here you will experience the easy, gentle way to painless dental health. We recommend a "comprehensive dental exam" for all patients that are new to a practice and for "established" patients, those who are already in the practice, every three years.

The mouth is really a window into the body. Medical conditions may be discovered by a comprehensive dental exam before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. By doing a comprehensive exam, we can together devise a strategy for long-term health and comfort

Cavities are one of the few diseases that can be totally prevented with good oral health care.

The comprehensive exam involves the following:

  • Periodontal evaluation: gum disease is becoming the primary cause of tooth loss in adults

  • Extensive medical and dental history

  • Review of any medications patient is taking

  • Blood pressure for designated patients

  • Cancer screen for oral cancer involving:

    • Visual and digital examination of lymph nodes in front of the ears; behind the ears; jaw area; beneath the chin; and neck area looking for pain, tenderness, and flexibility of the nodes

    • Visual and digital examination of the lips (inside and out); inside the mouth including: hard and soft palate, behind the molars, floor of the mouth, lips, borders, frenum, surfaces of the checks, tongue size, color, shape and position.