Dental Exams and Hygiene in Beverly Hills
A healthy mouth relies on regular dental care and good oral hygiene at home. The American Dental Association recommends these visits every six months, but some people prone to specific oral health problems may need more frequent dental exams and teeth cleanings. Dr. Steven Goldy and our team of dental professionals can determine how often you should have an exam to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Do You Need a Dental Exam and Hygiene Check?
Tooth, gum and oral tissue problems are easiest to treat when caught early, and the warning signs of these issues are found during routine dental exams. If it’s been at least six months since your last visit, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to prevent and diagnose common dental problems. Early tooth decay and gum disease may not be visible or cause pain, making it difficult to identify at home until they’ve progressed.
You’re practicing great oral hygiene if you brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste and floss once daily. While some people with excellent habits may need to see the dentist less often, others may need additional exams and cleanings due to these concerns:
- Ongoing gum disease
- A family history of plaque build-up and cavities
- Weakened immune system
During times of great stress or illness, you may be more likely to develop oral health issues, such as infection, inflammation and tooth decay.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Exams and Good Oral Hygiene?
Dental exams and oral hygiene habits are the only way to maintain and improve oral health. These visits check for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and more. People who see the dentist at least twice a year are more likely to save money in the long term because they don’t require extensive dental work and restorations.
Brushing, flossing and seeing Dr. Goldy often promote excellent oral health and may improve your overall well-being. Dental exams and good hygiene reduce gum disease and tooth decay. Research has linked gum disease to diabetes complications, increased risk of heart attack, lung concerns and cancer. Reducing gum disease and tooth decay may lower your risk of these health problems.
What Do Dental Exams Entail?
During your visit to our Beverly Hills office, you will see a dental hygienist and Dr. Goldy. Our hygienist will clean and polish your teeth and discuss your dental hygiene habits. The hygienist can answer your questions and point out troublesome areas, such as points where you may brush too aggressively or miss during flossing.
If it’s your first visit, we will review your medical history, medications, dental fears and issues with your teeth and gums. Be sure to let us know if you have tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums or lumps in oral tissues.
A comprehensive dental exam checks more than gum and tooth health. In addition to examining every tooth for tooth decay, Dr. Goldy evaluates the head and neck for swollen lymph nodes or salivary gland swelling and the function of the temporomandibular joints. The tongue, inside of the lips, inner cheeks and the roof and floor of the mouth are checked for swelling, growths, lesions, cuts, spots or any other signs of a problem. Dr. Goldy looks at the throat and tonsil area and evaluates the gums and supporting tooth structures. He may check how your teeth come together when you bite (occlusion) and order X-rays if necessary.
Our office strives to provide a luxurious feel for our patients and works to keep you as comfortable as possible during your dental exam and cleaning.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
You can expect to leave your dental exam with a cleaner mouth and a better understanding of your oral health. Dr. Goldy and our hygienist will discuss how you can improve oral hygiene at home through better brushing and flossing and determine if dental work is required for problems identified at the visit. By following their recommendations and scheduling your bi-annual exams, you can enjoy a healthier mouth and body.
Contact Dr. Steven Goldy in Beverly Hills
Schedule your next dental exam at our Beverly Hills office by calling (310) 550-1511 or filling out our online contact form.