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Dental Exams FAQs

Dental examinations are an important part of your dental health. At Cohen’s Gentle Dental in the Bronx NY, Fordham Heights, and Washington Heights, we provide dental examinations to all of our patients. The following are questions that patients commonly ask about our dental examinations.

Woman getting an annual dental exam.

What happens during a normal dental examination in Bronx NY?

During a normal dental examination, patients are given a complete examination with x-rays and a full inspection of the mouth. Any plaque buildup on the teeth is removed, and the teeth are polished. Finally, when the dental examination and cleaning are finished, the dentist talks with the patient to make recommendations for future treatment. Together, the patient and dentist develop goals for proper oral hygiene and a timeline for future care.

Why do teeth need to be polished?

Polishing the teeth improves their appearance while also making it less likely that food will stick to the enamel during meals.

How often should you get a dental examination in the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Fordham Heights?

Many dentists recommend that their patients come in at least once annually or every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. In some cases, patients are asked to come in more frequently. The frequency with which you come in to see the dentist will depend on your age, the condition of your mouth, your oral health history and any lifestyle or health factors that put you at higher risk for dental disease.

What can you do to take care of your teeth at home?

You can take care of your teeth at home by brushing twice daily, watching for signs of periodontal disease and flossing on a regular basis. Following the recommendations of your dentist is also critical for maintaining good dental health.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The following are symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Receding gums

If you have dental implants do you still need to see the dentist on a regular basis?

Yes, you need to see the dentist on a regular basis even if you have dental implants. Your dentist will check to ensure that your gums are healthy and that the implants are in good condition. In addition, while dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, bone loss can still occur for patients with dental implants. Seeing the dentist will help control any periodontal disease and prevent bone loss.

Will the dentist remove stains from your teeth during the dental examination?

Your dentist will remove stains from your teeth during the dental examination, however, patients may also schedule a separate tooth whitening procedure for extra white teeth.

Where can you go for dental care in the Bronx NY?

If you’re in need of a regular dental examination in the Bronx NY, Fordham Heights and Washington Heights, contact Cohen’s Gentle Dental at (718) 365-0990. We provide quality dental care at several different locations in New York.