Why are comprehensive dental exams and dental x-rays important?

Dr. Blanca Fernandez of Highland Dental Clinic highlights the importance of comprehensive dental exams and dental x-rays in her office. It is one of the best ways for patients to maintain healthy smiles free from decay and disease. 

Comprehensive dental exams are critical for detecting problems such as cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues that might develop within the smile without you even knowing! During a comprehensive exam, Dr. Fernandez will carefully examine your mouth and note any irregularities in the teeth or gums, known as a periodontal examination for potential problems. She may also recommend dental x-rays to get a better look at areas that cannot easily be seen through a physical exam alone.

How do x-rays help the dentist?

Dental x-rays allow dentists to view more than just what’s visible on the surface of your teeth, including signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental x-rays also provide valuable information about the shape and structure of bones beneath the gums and allow her to evaluate the health of the bone holding the teeth in place. With tooth loss, patients may undergo dental x-rays to monitor any dental resorption or to determine if they have enough bone to support a dental implant successfully.

How often should I visit the dentist for an intraoral examination?

In addition to taking care of the smile with brushing and flossing, patients are urged to visit their dentist at least twice a year. If you have been diagnosed with specific conditions such as bruxism or periodontal disease, Dr. Fernandez may recommend that you arrive on a more regular basis, such as every three or four months, to monitor any progression of problems and ensure the mouth stays healthy longer! Regular dental visits can guarantee a smile free from disease and decay when paired with proper oral health habits at home.

Schedule a visit at Highland Dental Clinic today!

Call (863) 457-1954 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team of professionals in South Lakeland, FL. Dr. Blanca Fernandez is open to new patients who visit her office at 5163 US Highway 98 and seek comprehensive dental care in a local dental facility.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.