Dental Examinations

Dental associations recommend that all patients over the age of three visit their family or general dentist every six months. During this visit, patients undergo a thorough dental cleaning and an in-depth examination of their teeth, gums, and entire mouth. The following procedures can be expected during a twice-yearly dental examination.

Tooth Examination
The dentist or hygienist will use a small mirror and pick to examine every surface of each tooth in search of cavities, fillings that may need to be replaced, calcification, and to test the strength of the enamel coating your teeth.

XRAYS
X-rays will always be taken on a patient’s first visit to a dental practice, and they may be repeated during subsequent visits if new issues (broken teeth, infection) arise. The X-ray allows the dentist to examine the health of portion of teeth below the gum line as well as the overall health of the mouth and jaw structure.

Gum Examination
The dentist or hygienist will gently probe the patient’s gums for swelling, discoloration, or pockets (where the gums pull away from the teeth), all of which could be signs of gum (periodontal) disease.

Head and Neck Examination
The dentist may feel the glands in the patient’s neck to detect any potential issues or abnormalities. The dentist may also inspect the area where the jaw meets the skull (just below the ear) to test for TMJ disorders.

The final step in a dental examination is a one-on-one consultation, during which the dentist discusses any issues discovered during the exam and advises the patient on the best oral hygiene practices for that particular patient.

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Ashley Wayman
Ashley Wayman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Everyone at Solana Beach Smiles is amazing. They always go above and beyond for their patients. Especially Anita, Marlene, Tia and of course Dr. Jesse! Needed help with scheduling because we have a newborn and a crazy schedule, and Anita bent over backwards to accommodate our family.

Kathy Cravey
Kathy Cravey

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posted 3 months ago

My husband and I would like to thank Dr. Jessy Sidhu and excellent staff for outstanding professional service and genuine personal concern for the health and well being of our family. Solana Beach Smiles has our highest recommendation. We would not trust anyone else.
Thank you all, Kathy

Connie Nelson
Connie Nelson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Just had my "teeth cleaning" appointment, and as usual, was great! Quick, easy & comfortable - Love my hygienist, she is the best. Thank you, Dr. Jessy, for your wonderful, caring staff.