Submitted by: Dr. Scott Reader, DMD, PA, Your Hometown Dentist, One Senior Place Resident Business

Scott-Reader-DMD-224x300If you’re a senior headed for a check up, your dentist should conduct a thorough history and dental exam. Some typical questions asked during a dental history should include the approximate date of the last dental visit and the reason for the visit. The approximate date of your last dental visit and reason for the visit will be noted.

It is very important to inform your dentist if you have noticed any recent changes in your mouth, or loose or sensitive teeth.  Have you had any difficulty tasting, chewing, or swallowing?  Recently, have you any any pain, discomfort, sores, or bleeding in your mouth?  Also, very important questions your dentist should ask you are if you have noticed any lumps, bumps, or swelling in the mouth.

During an oral exam, your dentist will check your face and neck for skin discoloration, moles and sores. Your bite will also be checked for any problems in how the teeth come together while opening and closing your mouth.  Next, the jaw will be looked at for signs of clicking and popping in the temporomandibular joint.   Lymph nodes and salivary glands need to be looked over for any sign of swelling or lumps

Patient’s inner cheeks are checked for infections, ulcers and traumatic injuries.   The tongue and other interior surfaces of the mouth, including the floor of the mouth, as well as the soft and hard palate are examined.  Gum tissue will be examined by the dentist for signs of infection or oral cancer, and your teeth are checked for   decay.  It is very important for the doctor to look closely at the  condition of fillings and cracks with X-rays.

If you wear dentures or other appliances, your dentist will ask a few questions about when you wear your dentures and when you take them out (if removable). He or she will also look for any irritation or problems in the areas in the mouth that the appliance touches, and examine the denture or appliance itself to determine if there are any worn or broken areas.

After the above questions are answered and properly diagnosed, the dentist is then ready to properly determine a dental plan of health for the patient.

 

Dr. Scott Reader is a family and cosmetic dentist, specializing in Lumineers and the revolutionary Snap-On Smile.  His office is located at 7185 Murrell Road in Viera.  All seniors may schedule for a complimentary consultation by calling the office at 321-253-9588 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reader.