Dental Exams Specialist

North Park Smiles

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Park, San Diego, CA

Dental exams are the most important part of a healthy smile. Eduardo Díaz, DDS, and the team at North Park Smiles in the North Park area of San Diego and Chula Vista, California, make these visits something to look forward to. The team provides dental exams to both adults and children, with unrushed visits and plenty of face-to-face time. If you’re overdue for a dental exam, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Exams Q&A

Why are dental exams so important?

Dental exams give your dentist at North Park Smiles the opportunity to examine your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues for signs of concern. These visits are the foundation of preventive dentistry and can save you a great deal of money and discomfort by catching problems in the earliest possible stage. 

When plaque and bacteria begin eroding your teeth, it’s far easier to repair the damage when the decay is limited to your enamel. Once decay advances deeper into your tooth tissue, repairing the damage requires removing more of your natural tooth tissue, which weakens your tooth and increases your risk of fracture. 

Gum disease is also a focus during dental exams. Your dentist checks for swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and other signs of gum disease. If there are areas of concern, you’ll learn how to improve your gum health at home and discuss in-office treatment options. 

What happens during dental exams?

Your dentist at North Park Smiles begins by discussing any changes you’ve experienced since your last exam. This is your opportunity to ask questions and express concerns. Wondering which toothpaste is best? Considering a cosmetic treatment? Ask your dentist during your exam. 

The next step is a thorough physical examination of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues. If it’s been a while since your last X-rays, new imaging takes just moments to complete. 

If your dentist identifies signs of decay or gum disease, you’ll discuss your treatment options during your visit. 

What role does a professional cleaning play in dental exams?

Your dental exam at North Park Smiles always includes a professional teeth cleaning. Your hygienist uses advanced equipment to remove all traces of plaque and tartar, leaving your teeth gleaming. Professional flossing ensures the spaces between teeth are also clean, and you’ll receive a final tooth polishing to create a smooth and glossy finish.

Ask your hygienist about how to extend the results of your cleaning at home. Virtually everyone can improve their dental hygiene and getting a few tips from a pro is a great place to begin. 

When it’s time for your next dental exam, contact North Park Smiles. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.