Dental Exam Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

Just like you need regular check-ups with your primary physician,regular dental exams are an essential part of preventive dentistry. Led by Cindy Brayer, DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, the team at Creating Smiles Dental believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is why they’re dedicated to keeping your gums and mouth healthy for a lifetime. To get started with your annual dental exam appointment, call the office nearest you in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Florida, or request one online today.

Dental Exam Q&A

Why do I need a dental exam?

Creating Smiles Dental believes in the power of preventive care to avoid dental disease. Just as you care for your overall health with annual physical exams, dental exams are essential to preventing most oral health issues, from cavities to gum disease.  

Regular check-ins with your dentist can help prevent conditions like oral cancer, dental decay, and periodontal disease, and also ensure proper treatment following any form of facial trauma.

What happens during a dental exam?

A routine dental exam involves a professional cleaning. Creating Smiles Dental has the specialized training and technology needed to locate and reach trouble spots that are easy to miss when using a regular brush. Specialized dental tools help loosen and dissolve stuck-on plaque, but they also massage gums to keep them strong, clean, and healthy.

Your exam with Creating Smiles Dental also includes cavity assessments, fluoride treatments, X-rays, oral cancer screenings, and a visual examination of gum recession, as well as other treatments and diagnostic measures. 

The team at Creating Smiles Dental may recommend a number of products to support your oral health, including:

  • Prescription-strength 3M Clinpro™ 5000 fluoride toothpaste
  • 3M Vanish™ 5% Sodium Fluoride White Varnish with TCP 
  • EvoraPro®  oral probiotics
  • PerioSciences® Oral Care System
  • Xylitol-containing products

If you have any specific dental health concerns, you can also discuss this with the team during your dental exam. They can help create an appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

How often should I get a dental exam?

Getting your teeth and gums professionally cleaned during a general dental exam every three to six months allows for the early detection of issues, from impacted wisdom teeth to tooth decay, at the most treatable stage. Routine dental exams can prevent the need for more costly and invasive procedures, such as extractions, root canals, fillings, bondings, and more. 

In addition to scheduling frequent dental exams, it’s important to care for your oral health with everyday preventive measures. A daily home routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and eating a healthy diet is essential to maintaining a healthy smile.

If you’re due for a dental exam or it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, call Creating Smiles Dental today for an appointment or request one online. You can also contact the office to see their availability for same-day dental exam appointments.