When it comes to your health, you should try to avoid dental issues by getting them diagnosed before they develop into larger conditions. These problems can be identified during an annual dental exam for yourself and your whole family. While the mouth is superficially examined in your bi-annual cleaning, an exam consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. assess your oral health by looking for tooth decay, signs of oral cancer, and other diseases. General dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images will also be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you live near Gainesville, GA, make an appointment for an annual dental examination for yourself and your family at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.
Oral Cancer Screening
Early oral cancer screenings can identify problem areas before a person has any cancerous symptoms. We screen all of our dental patients to make certain there are no signs of oral cancer. These screenings cause no discomfort and can be completed in a matter of minutes by examining the inside of a person's mouth and underneath his/her tongue. Often, Dr. Toms will conduct these screenings as part of a routine dental exam.
Oral Hygiene Evaluation
Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential to having a healthy mouth. We would be happy to show you or your child how to brush and floss properly. We can tell you where you need to be brushing or flossing better, too. You would greatly benefit from brushing your teeth every time you eat (especially after sugary snacks). If you can't fit more than two times a day in your schedule, do your best to clean your teeth and floss between your teeth and under your gums.
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
"My family and I have been seeing Dr. Toms since he took over Dr. White’s practice a good many years ago.He is wonderful. I have tremendous anxiety about dental procedures. He has offered medication and used iv sedation when I had 6 crowns completed at the same time.All went very well and I have been extremely pleased with the results.When I have had to have a shot, I rarely even feel the needle. He has a great touch and a very personable manner.His staff is wonderful, as well. They are extremely competent and professional. We have been very pleased with Dr. Toms and his staff, recommending him to family and friends."- P.C. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Toms and his staff are incredible! My family and I have been coming here for the past 8 years and couldn't be happier with his service and expertise!"- M.T. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"His office is the best!!! Wouldn’t go anyplace else. He is the best for sedation dentistry!"- D.H. / Facebook / Jun 20, 2019
"Dr. Toms is wonderful. I have a special needs son who is really nervous about needles. He made his experience relaxing and was able to get all the work done in one visit. Highly recommended."- R.P. / Google / May 28, 2019
Gainesville, GA residents of every age should get an annual dental exam. Some of the most common problems, such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss), don’t have signs you can see. If problems are noticed early, the better your chances will be for a successful treatment with less invasive options.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that all children visit a dentist before they turn one. Dr. Toms can talk about common issues including teething, baby bottle tooth decay, and the use of pacifiers. Our team at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. can help you understand ways to clean and care for your infant's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also important for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your dental examination will begin with an initial assessment of your teeth, gums, tongue, and other checkpoints. Dr. Toms or a member of his team may take digital x-rays and assess abnormalities. Dr. Toms will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). He will then discuss anything discovered and your treatment options. Dr. Toms will go over any other problems you may have, medications you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, he will check any restorations you have, such as dentures or bridges, to assess the wear and fit.
If there are problems found or decay in your teeth, then a follow-up appointment will be made to address them. If Dr. Toms doesn't find any issues, then we will see you at your dental cleaning. We also want you to continue flossing and brushing every day, attend yearly dental examinations, and twice-yearly professional cleanings at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.
Since a dental exam is so important to your oral health, it is typically covered by your dental insurance. We can work with your dental insurance provider to determine your coverage and any personal expenses you have to pay. If you don't have insurance, Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. takes several types of payment methods, including low-interest medical financing. Dr. Toms is happy to work with you to help you afford dental care.
Exams are vital for health
Having a healthy mouth means you can't go to the dentist only when something hurts, or you feel a cavity forming. Preventive care is vital. This may save your teeth, plus a lot of time and money. We suggest seeing Dr. Toms every year for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize issues by catching and treating them in the early stages. We do our best to make dental exams a pleasant experience for you and your family so staying healthy is easier. Contact our team in Gainesville, GA to schedule your appointment.