Getting a dental examination every six months isn’t just a helpful suggestion, but a necessary precaution. Dental exams can help you avoid cavities and expensive dental procedures such as root canals, and allows your dentist to catch any dental problems before they get any worse.
What is a dental exam?
A dental exam is a routine check-up performed by a dentist to assess your oral health. It typically includes an examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth to detect any dental issues or concerns.
How often should I get a dental exam?
The recommended frequency of dental exams may vary depending on your oral health and medical history. In general, most individuals should have a dental exam every six months, but your dentist may suggest more frequent visits if needed.
Are dental exams necessary if I have no oral health problems?
Yes, dental exams are essential even if you have no apparent oral problems. Regular check-ups help prevent potential dental issues, detect problems early, and maintain good oral hygiene for long-term dental health.
Are dental exams covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover routine dental exams. However, coverage may vary, so it’s essential to check with your insurance provider to understand your specific benefits and any associated costs.
What's the difference between a dental exam and a teeth cleaning?
A dental exam involves a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health by your dentist. It includes evaluating any existing dental issues, X-rays, and discussing treatment plans if needed. On the other hand, a teeth cleaning appointment, often performed by a dental hygienist, focuses primarily on removing plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth. While both are essential components of good oral care, a dental exam provides a broader assessment, while a teeth cleaning focuses on maintaining cleanliness and preventing dental issues. Your dentist may recommend both as part of a regular oral health routine.
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Dr. Tanya will come in and talk to you about your dental health, and maybe take x-rays of your teeth to quickly spot potential problems.
ABOUT DR. TANYA POWELL
Your Lincoln Dentist
Dr. Tanya Powell graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in 2001. After completing dental school, she started practicing with her father, Dr. Jerry Kroeger. Dr. Powell enjoys going for walks, watching movies, or going to concerts with her husband and their 4 kids. On the weekends, you can usually catch her tailgating outside of Husker games or being a spectator at an aerialist event.