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What to Expect FAQs

What is the Importance of Oral Health?

Oral hygiene is vital for eliminating harmful bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria accumulates and forms plaque that can harden, leading to long-term ailments such as gingivitis if not removed. A good dental care routine and regular 6-month checkups will keep your mouth healthy while preventing inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams help us in evaluating the effectiveness of your current routine while providing suggestions to protect you from common complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to quickly and easily detect and fix problems.

How Can You Prepare for a Dental Exam?

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to prepare for your upcoming dental exam. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Before you arrive for your appointment, make sure to brush your teeth. We’ll clean your teeth for you, but it’s helpful to remove as much plaque as possible beforehand so we can focus on more urgent areas. Be prepared to share your medical history, insurance coverage, and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed – it's best to be honest about your oral hygiene habits. We are not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your oral health!

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Dental X-rays from the last six months (we can take X-rays if you don’t have any)
  • Your medical and dental history information, including any medications you’re currently prescribed
  • Your dental insurance card (if applicable)
  • Your parent or guardian (if you’re under 18)

How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?

Depending on a patient’s oral health, the average dental cleaning procedure can take anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes. During your visit you can expect your hygienist to take x-rays, thoroughly evaluate your gums and overall oral health. Once your overall oral health is evaluated this will provide us the necessary information to determine if we are able to proceed with a cleaning or if you will need to return for a more in depth deep cleaning. Once your hygienist has finished, the doctor will come in to complete a comprehensive examination of your teeth, mouth, and an oral cancer screening to determine if any restorative procedures will be necessary. If any treatment is necessary, your doctor and hygienist will create a treatment plan that details the procedures they are recommending for your next visit.

Are you ready to smile? Book your dental exam today with Dr. Sara Kohen Dean Dental in Ormond Beach at 386-672-2590!

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Sara K. Dean, DMD
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Ormond Beach Dentist, Dr. Sara Dean is a dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Fluoride, Dental Makeovers, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Crowns, & more. Please come and visit Ormond Beach, FL dentist Sara Dean, DMD.