Professional Dental Exams & Checkups
Your family deserves the highest-quality dental care. We can keep your teeth looking dazzling and healthy with twice-annual dental exams at Holyoke Mall Dental. Our professional team of dentists uses advanced technology to identify and treat any underlying oral health issues.
We’ll use a variety of dental tools to clean and examine your teeth, so you’ll feel confident that your oral health is in the best shape when you leave our office. Explore our guide to preventative dental exams below.
What To Expect At Your Dental Exams
Keeping your teeth healthy and clean requires consistent at-home care. But did you know that visiting the dentist twice a year also boosts your oral hygiene?
We’ll begin your routine dental exam and checkup by deep-cleaning your teeth, making sure to remove any built-up plaque or tartar.
- Plaque is a sticky, white film that contains decay-causing bacteria. It’s the main cause of cavities and can build up in the hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth. When plaque collects, it hardens into tartar.
- Tartar is a solid substance full of harmful bacteria that can only be removed via a cleaning from a dental professional. It hides beneath the gums, causing severe oral health conditions such as gum disease.
At your semi-annual dental exam, we’ll advise you on how to keep your smile tartar-free and looking healthy. Then, one of our experienced and passionate dentists will examine your teeth, identifying and treating any underlying oral health issues as needed.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Exams
By eliminating built-up plaque and tartar, our dentists can prevent several oral health issues that cause long-term damage. We can keep your smile radiant for longer with our years of training and advanced tools.
During your exam, we’ll screen for conditions including:
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Tooth decay
- Oral cancer
- Impacted teeth
Treatment for these oral health issues is more effective in the early stages of conditions. If our dentists identify a problem, we’ll work fast to eliminate it, so it won’t progress and cause irreversible damage, such as tooth loss or bone degradation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for my dental exam?
Before your oral health checkup, you should brush and floss your teeth to remove any excess plaque. Brushing ahead of time allows us to spend more time caring for the hard-to-reach places on your teeth.
You should also prepare any questions about services such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants, or any additional services that can promote your oral health. Our knowledgeable dental team can help you make informed decisions about your oral hygiene. Learn more about how to prepare for your first visit here.
Should children receive regular oral health exams?
Yes! We recommend that your children visit our office every six months, beginning when their first tooth erupts above their gum line. These pediatric dental appointments allow our expert dentists to monitor their tooth, gum, and jaw development throughout their childhood.
We can also identify any alignment problems using digital X-ray technology and recommend a treatment plan. Whether this is for impacted canines or wisdom teeth procedures, we’ll help you find a solution that works for your kids’ unique needs.
Do routine dental exams hurt?
The procedure should be painless. Though, if you experience some pain, sensitivity, and/or discomfort, it may indicate a problem. We’ll detect the problem and go over treatment options after the dental cleaning. Our priority is for our patients to get the care, safety, and comfort they need.
Will my dental insurance cover the dental exam?
Most insurance providers should cover the cost of the exams. We highly encourage you to speak to your insurance provider to learn about the coverage plan and the benefits it offers. We also offer flexible financing options so you don’t delay your dental care any longer.
Get Your Exceptional Dental Care
It’s essential to your whole-body health to keep your oral health in its best shape. That’s why, at Holyoke Mall Dental, we’re committed to helping you and your family create lasting oral health habits during your bi-annual dental appointments. Ready to schedule your consultation at Holyoke Mall Dental? Contact us today by calling (413) 538-7400 to speak with a helpful staff member.