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.
Dental Exam Reviews
"Dr. Toms and his office staff are absolutely wonderful! They are all so welcoming and friendly. Dr. Toms is extremely gentle, he is relatable and explains dental treatment in a way that is easy to understand. The hygienists are all very gentle and take their time with each patient, they make you feel like family. I always enjoy my entire experience at Dr. Toms office. Everyone who works there makes you feel like you are special, not like you’re just another patient. I love that this office plays Christian music, this says so much about Dr. Toms and his staff!"- A.B. / Google / Sep 28, 2018
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
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.