Making The Most Of Oral Exams: How New Patients Can Be Proactive At Their New Orange County Dental Office
Good oral hygiene is integral to maintaining confidence and an overall healthy body. At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, we recommend routine oral exams to make sure your teeth are in good condition and that your gums are healthy. When you make an appointment at the Dental Oasis, you can expect the following:
- You will be asked to provide a medical history, listing medications and allergies that you may have.
- The dentist will want to know if you?ve had any pain, discomfort, or problems in your mouth.
- You will be asked to point out the problem areas. If the problems can?t be seen with the naked eye, you will be given an X-Ray to further investigate the problem.
- You will be examined for signs of gingivitis, worn down caps or fillings, tooth abnormalities, and tartar and plaque buildup.
- Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed.
- Your exam will end with a consultation with Dr. Toorani.
While you are probably familiar with the basics of first appointments with a new dentist, and you?re probably familiar with routine cleanings, you may not be as familiar with how to make the most of your appointments. For instance, there may be medical information that you?re omitting that could be important to your safety and overall dental health.
Gather your medical history before heading out the door for your oral exam
New patient forms have a litany of questions such as which medications you?re taking, which allergies you have, what your family history is like, and so on. Before you leave your house for your visit, spend a little time writing down each pill you currently take in your cupboards and also the dosages. Since you may be rushed
Mention changes in your health even if it seems unrelated to dentistry
Since you only see your dentist once or twice a year, it?s always good to take a look at your medical history to see if anything has changed. And even if you think it doesn?t matter, you should mention every small or big change. For instance, even if you are newly pregnant and not planning on seeing your dentist again until after the baby is born, you should still tell your dentist about it. He or she can educate you on conditions such as pregnancy gingivitis/tumors and how you may have an increased risk of tooth decay.
If you are concerned about something, speak up!
While many new patients may want to get the oral exam done as quickly as possible, now?s your time to speak up about any concerns you might have. For instance, if you schedule an appointment just for a cleaning, the dentist might assume that?s all you are coming in for. However, dentists and hygienists are trained to perform head, neck, and intraoral evaluations. These exams are very important because they might spot ulcerations, which could be indicative of Crohn’s disease. They may feel a lump on your neck, which could be a tumor or early cancer. It?s your responsibility as a patient to lay out what you would like to be checked if a cleaning isn?t enough.
Remembering your dentist?s recommendations after the appointment is over
Sometimes people are proactive about their oral health as their oral exams approach, but then slack off after they are done
For instance, if you are having lots of cavities or bad breath, he or she may recommend a change in diet. If you really want to pierce your tongue, but you have a history of infection and poor healing, your dentist may warn you about that choice. If you are a big smoker but want to be considered for a restorative surgery, your dentist may not give you the go-ahead until you cut back.
While you don?t have to stop living your life, you may want to put more stock into your dentist?s advice if he is concerned about an issue.
Treating your body holistically: oral health can affect other systems
Because people see their dentist for oral problems and their family physician for everything else, they may underestimate just how much of an impact their oral health has on other bodily systems.
For instance, tartar buildup not only causes severe gum diseases, but the chronic inflammation can set off a chain reaction in your body that makes your immune system struggle. And if you just look at a few dental websites and studies, you will see that very serious conditions, such as dementia and heart disease, can be exacerbated by poor oral health.
So instead of looking at your oral exams as something different than your other doctor appointments, make an effort to see how your dental health affects your overall quality of life.
What are the benefits of a routine oral exam?
A routine oral checkup can prevent disease, gingivitis, tooth decay, and even oral cancer. The early detection of things like gum disease can lessen your risk of having a heart attack and other secondary illnesses. An oral exam also ensures that cavities are caught early and that teeth are constantly maintained. It?s important to keep your teeth in working order.
The oral exams at the Dental Oasis of Orange County are conducted by skilled professionals who do extensive checks to make sure that every issue with your teeth is discovered and treated. The examination is quick and painless. You?ll also walk away with a teeth cleaning and a consultation with Dr. Brian Toorani, a CEREC? specialist, a mentor for the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, and a member of the Spear Faculty Club.
After your exam, treatments or procedures may be recommended to remedy the problem with your teeth. All the while, you will be in the capable hands of Dr. Toorani.
Contact The Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach
If you have any questions about oral exams or teeth cleaning, call (714) 894-7700 or visit the Dental Oasis of Orange County.
Dental Oasis Of Orange County is located at 7777 Edinger Ave #232, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
I am thrilled that I found a wonderful dentist in Dr. Toorani and his team.
The office is aptly named. It really does look like a spa and is full of the latest gadgets in dentistry. It is located in the Bella Terra shopping center upstairs next to Bed, Bath & Beyond and right next to a Cost Plus. The location is easy to get in and out of and there is a parking garage if you are trying to avoid the often crowded parking lot.
Dr. Toorani is working on closing my open bite and alleviating some of my jaw pain so that I can avoid jaw surgery.
He is honest, fair and friendly. I would highly recommend Dental Oasis of Orange County to anyone in the market for a new dentist.Liz H.