Comprehensive Exams Specialist

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry

Claudia Rodriguez, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry located in Hollywood, FL

Having regular comprehensive dental exams is one of the most effective ways of ensuring your oral health because it allows your dentist to identify any problems that require immediate treatment. Located in Hollywood, Florida, Claudia Rodriguez, DDS, and her team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry provide expert diagnostic care to children and teenagers. Consider getting in touch with the team today by phone or through the online booking tool if your child is due for an exam or has been experiencing symptoms that you don’t understand.

Comprehensive Exams Q & A

What are the benefits of comprehensive oral exams? 

Just like an annual physical with your primary care physician, a comprehensive oral exam is essential to tracking any underlying issues, identifying possible treatments, and making sure everything else is healthy. 

During your exam, your dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry assesses the state of gums, teeth, and your overall well-being. They can give useful tips to keep up your oral hygiene and detect early signs of dental issues. 

According to the American Dental Association, you should book a comprehensive oral exam at least twice a year. However, your dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry can tell you if you need to come in more than that based on your unique situation. 

What happens during a comprehensive oral exam?

At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, the team makes sure to follow up a series of routine steps to evaluate your child’s oral health. Generally speaking, you can expect any of the following to occur: 

  • Evaluation of your child’s overall health and oral hygiene
  • Evaluation of your child’s bite and jaw
  • Assessment of tooth and root decay likelihood
  • Assessment of periodontal disease risk factor
  • Removal of stains and deposits
  • Education about maintaining proper oral hygiene
  • Assessment of your child’s need for fluoride 

You should take advantage of this time to discuss any medications your child has been taking with your dentist, as some medications can create complications with their oral health. 

If your child has underlying conditions, like diabetes, they may be more susceptible to dental issues. Make sure to discuss your child’s overall medical history with your dentist so they can paint an accurate picture of your child’s health. 

To further assess your child’s oral health, your dentist may order X-rays or CAT scans of their mouth to get clear images of their teeth. This enables them to track any nerve damage, cavities, oral cancers, and the state of any prosthetic devices your child may already have in their mouth. 

How do I prepare for a comprehensive oral exam? 

If you’re scheduling a comprehensive oral exam at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry for the first time, make sure you have all information related to your child’s dental history with you. 

Make sure to write down any specific questions you may have for Dr. Rodriguez and the team. This is a perfect opportunity to ask them anything that is on your mind. 

Don’t wait to get a comprehensive and expert oral exam. Call or click online today to book an appointment.