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Cleanings & Exams

During a patient's first exam with Dr. Jessica Smith, several important steps are taken to assess the patient's oral health and create a personalized treatment plan. Here's what you can expect during your first dental exam:
1. Medical and dental history review: The dentist will begin by reviewing your medical and dental history. This includes asking questions about your previous dental treatments, any existing dental concerns or symptoms, as well as any relevant medical conditions or medications you are taking. Providing accurate information is crucial for the dentist to understand your oral health needs better.
2. X-rays: In many cases, Dr. Jessica will recommend taking dental X-rays during your first exam. X-rays provide a more detailed view of your teeth, jawbone, and other structures that are not visible during a visual examination. X-rays help the dentist detect any hidden dental problems, such as cavities between teeth, bone loss, impacted teeth, or abnormalities in tooth roots
3. Visual examination: Dr. Jessica will visually examine your mouth, teeth, gums, and other oral structures. They will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, oral cancer, and any other abnormalities. This examination may involve the use of a dental mirror and other tools to get a comprehensive view of your oral health.
4. Periodontal assessment: Dr. Jessica will assess the health of your gums by measuring the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums, known as periodontal pockets. This helps determine if you have gum disease or any signs of inflammation. The dentist may also check for signs of gum recession, gum bleeding, and other gum-related issues.
5. Bite and jaw evaluation: Dr. Jessica will evaluate your bite (how your upper and lower teeth come together) and the alignment of your jaw. This assessment helps identify any issues with your bite, such as malocclusion or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause pain, discomfort, or difficulty in chewing and speaking.
6. Oral cancer screening: Dr. Jessica will perform an oral cancer screening by checking your mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and other oral tissues for any signs of abnormal growths, sores, or discoloration. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial for successful treatment.
7. Treatment plan discussion: After completing the examination, Dr. Jessica will discuss their findings and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific oral health needs. This may involve addressing any existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, as well as recommending preventive measures, such as regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, or dental sealants.
Overall, the first dental exam with Dr. Jessica is a full look at your oral health, where she identifies any existing dental issues and develops a customized treatment plan that promotes optimal oral health and addresses your specific concerns.

Cleanings & Exams
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