Dental Screenings

By: Giselle Martinez

What is a dental screening?

It is when a dentist or a hygienist clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. They may also take x-rays.

Why is dental screening used?

It can help protect your oral health and well-being. It also gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems.

Who should have dental screenings?

Everybody should have dental screenings at least every 6 months.

When should dental screening be done?

It is recommended for adults to schedule regular dental exams. Even if you don't have your natural teeth anymore it is recommended to consult your dentist for regular check-ups.

What are the normal results of a dental screening?

  • no cavities
  • lips and tongue should be soft and moist
  • teeth should be white

What are the implications of abnormal results?

dental caries- (cavities or holes in teeth)

missing or excess teeth

gum and tissue problems- (bacterial, viral or fungal disease can cause swelling, redness or ulcers in mouth)