Even if you are meticulous about your personal dental hygiene habits, and never miss a day of brushing and flossing, you still want to see a general dentist regularly for dental exams. Without the supervision of a reputable dentist, you could develop problems with no obvious symptoms that threaten your oral and overall health.
The key to being diligent about dental exams is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and relaxed. Individuals seeking thorough dental exams in Encinitas come to Dr. Mark Galli, known for his experience, compassion, gentle touch and kind chair-side manner.
Dental exams are important because they allow Dr. Galli to check for oral health problems that you can’t see or feel on your own. Certain conditions, including cavities and oral cancer, may not produce noticeable symptoms until they have progressed into the advanced stages. At that point, they may require extensive, costly care that requires you to miss school or work.
Visiting your general dentist regularly is an excellent opportunity to identify these problems in their earlier stages, when they are more manageable.
Dr. Galli will specify how often you should schedule an exam. The average patient should visit the dentist three times a year, but some people require more frequent visits and others require fewer visits. It depends on your oral health status and whether you have any risk factors (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) that increase your chances of developing problems.
How often you schedule dental exams can also change over your lifetime. For example, if you are pregnant or have gum disease, you might see the dentist more frequently. After delivering your baby or reversing gum disease, you might visit Dr. Galli less frequently. The hygienist and doctor modify your plan based on your progress.
Dr. Galli understands that some people put off necessary dental exams for many years because of dental phobia or a previously traumatic dental experience with another dentist. For nervous, anxious or fearful patients, Dr. Galli offers sedation dentistry. These techniques help patients to enjoy a comfortable, relaxed visit and receive the dental services they need.
During a dental examination, one of our dental hygienists will clean and polish your teeth. Then, Dr. Galli will visually examine your entire mouth, checking for any signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer and other problems. If you have dental restorations, like a crown or implant, Dr. Galli will check to ensure it fits and functions properly. He will look at the area under your jaw, your neck and your face for any signs of oral cancer.
Dr. Galli may take a set of digital X-rays to look for pathology, which can otherwise go unnoticed during a visual exam. X-rays are not required at every visit; new patients usually have a set of X-rays taken to establish a baseline, and then X-rays can be taken periodically, depending on whether a problem needs to be monitored. Other diagnostic procedures are performed as needed.
You can expect to discuss your oral and overall health with Dr. Galli during your dental exam. He will ask about any health problems or medications you take that could affect your oral health. Depending on your current condition and any potential risk factors for oral problems, Dr. Galli may give you tips for improving your at-home hygiene habits, or he might talk to you about your diet or lifestyle factors that could affect your oral health. You are encouraged to ask any questions you have or discuss any of your personal concerns about oral health.
If you would like to schedule a dental exam in Encinitas with Dr. Galli, please call or email our practice today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.Learn More