Dental Exam Specialist

Chestnut Hill Dental

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Flourtown, PA

A dental exam can go a long way in helping you maintain optimal oral health. At Chestnut Hill Dental, Robin Gallagher, DMD, MAES, and his team are committed to assisting patients in preserving the health and function of their teeth. Located in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, the practice specializes in comprehensive and conservative dental care. To schedule your next dental exam, call the office or book online today.

Dental Exam Q&A

Why are dental exams important?

Problems with your teeth or gums can affect your overall health and quality of life. A dental exam is a preventive service that consists of a dental cleaning and an in-depth examination of your teeth and gums.

A dental exam is a simple tool that can help you avoid common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Dental exams are essential for maintaining optimal oral health. 

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease refers to an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. Gum disease is responsible for nearly 70% of adult tooth loss. 

The symptoms of gum disease include tender or bleeding gums, loose teeth, and a receding gum line.  

Plaque, saliva, and bacteria can get stuck between your teeth and gum line. Eventually, this build-up hardens and becomes tartar. Once the bacteria on your gum line hardens, you can’t remove it with regular brushing. Tartar build-up leads to irritation, inflammation, and infection. 

Tartar can only be removed during professional teeth cleaning. 

Regular cleanings are an effective way to prevent excess plaque build-up and avoid gum disease. 

What happens during a dental exam?

Your dental exam begins with a professional cleaning. During your cleaning, a hygienist uses specialized tools to scrape and remove plaque from your gum line. They then floss in between your teeth and use a high-powered toothbrush to polish the surface of your teeth. 

In some cases, your hygienist may apply fluoride or a protective sealant to help you avoid tooth decay. Dr. Robin examines your teeth using small tools to check your mouth for signs of decay, infection, and other abnormalities. 

Your dental exam may include X-rays to help Dr. Robin identify different problems like cavities, gum disease, and bone loss. 

If you have conditions like a cavity or gum disease, you and Dr. Robin discuss your options for swift and effective treatment. Dr. Robin might also discuss steps you can take at home to improve your oral health. 

The team at Chestnut Hill Dental is committed to helping patients maintain happy, healthy smiles. To schedule your visit, call the office, or book your appointment online today.