A thorough dental exam, as provided by our
office, will include an assessment for decay activity, periodontal disease, oral cancer, infection, malocclusion (bite problems),
dry mouth, tooth erosion, bruxism, or any other concerns specific for each patient. Part of the oral
evaluation is a
thorough 'gum exam' which includes evaulation of the gingival sulcus (pocket), quality of the tissue, evaluation of bony support
on the x-rays, and many other contributing factors.
Regular evaluation of these issues
enable us to address problems before they become difficult to correct. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and
periodontal examinations are very important.
For children, many of these same areas are evaluated as well as noting proper eruption patterns or orthodontic
concerns. We also prioritize helping them develop good hygeine and dietary habits, as well as a high comfort level
at the dental office. Our wish is that they may carry these tools with them into adulthood.
We would be happy to
address any questions you may have. Please contact us for more information.
Oral Cancer Screening
The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people
in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.
at Delmont Dental include an Oral Cancer screening. The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums,
front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth.
The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the
back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth. These areas are
checked for any abnormalities during your routine exam.
Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes
in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.