Dental Exam Overview
When it comes to your health, you need to be proactive with dental problems by getting them diagnosed and treated before they become larger issues. This is why it's important to schedule an annual dental exam for you and your family. While teeth are superficially examined during a cleaning, an exam provides a much more in-depth analysis. Dental exams at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. in Manhattan evaluate your general and oral health by checking for signs of oral cancer, diseases, and tooth decay. General dentist Dr. Natalie Scarmato will determine your need for treatments and check your bite and jaw for problems. A series of x-rays will also be taken to get a better insight into the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live in or near New York, NY, schedule an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer includes any abnormal growth of cells in the mouth, including the jawbone, gums, lips, throat, tongue, and salivary glands. Every dental exam at Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. includes an oral cancer screening to look for early signs including sores, inflammation, lumps, and lesions. Dr. Scarmato will also palpate the throat and jaw for abnormalities. If any areas of concern are found, a biopsy may be performed or you will be referred to a specialist for further care.
Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
Patients of all ages should get an annual dental exam. Many common problems, like gum disease (the biggest cause of tooth loss), have symptoms that are difficult to detect on your own. When problems are caught early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment with less invasive options.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children go to the dentist before their first birthday. Dr. Scarmato can help with issues like teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. Dr. Scarmato can help you understand how to care and clean your baby's mouth so they start healthy habits early — this will also help them throughout their life. Dental exams are also important for children as they get older as their mouth develops.
What To Expect with Dental Exam
Your examination will start with an overall assessment of your tongue, teeth, gums, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, throat, and other oral checkpoints. This includes looking for signs of oral cancer throughout your mouth. Dr. Scarmato will take x-rays and screen for abnormal tissue in the gums. Dr. Scarmato will evaluate your head, neck, and jaw, including your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and bite. She will then talk about anything she finds and how to best treat it. Dr. Scarmato will discuss any health problems you have, medications you may be taking, and how they might impact your oral health by causing dry mouth and tooth decay. Finally, she will examine any prosthetics you have, like dentures or bridges, to check the fit and wear.
Dental Exam Follow-Up
The follow-up period will depend on your oral health. If Dr. Scarmato does not identify any issues, then the only follow-up would be to continue a regimen of dental health including brushing and flossing twice a day, along with annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings. If Dr. Scarmato does see an issue that needs to be addressed, options will be discussed and scheduled.
Dental Exam Insurance Coverage
Since a dental exam is critical to your oral health, it is typically covered by dental insurance. Our office will work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Natalie Scarmato, D.D.S. accepts many payment options, including medical financing. Dr. Scarmato is happy to work with you to make sure you can afford good oral health.
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Annual Dental Exams
Having a healthy mouth means you don't just go to the dentist only when something goes wrong. Preventive care is vital. It can save your teeth, as well as a significant amount of money. We recommend seeing Dr. Natalie Scarmato at her office in Greenwich Village every year for a dental examination. Doing so will enable you to stay on top of issues by catching and treating them early. We do our best to make dental exams a positive experience for you and your family so staying healthy is easier. Contact our office in Manhattan to make your appointment.