Dental Exams

Dental exams help our dental professionals rule out any dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s what to expect during your dental exam.
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Regular dental exams are vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During a dental exam, our dental team looks for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health conditions. Finding problems early on makes treatment more successful.

What to Expect at a Dental Exam

Let’s look at what you can expect when you sit down in Dr. Kaminski’s chair for a regular dental exam and why routine dental exams are so crucial to your overall oral and physical health.

Most dental exams follow a predictable trajectory that begins with cleaning. A dental hygienist or dental assistant cleans the teeth using tools that scrape or remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and the perimeter of your gum line. The teeth are then polished, and sometimes X-rays are taken to help Dr. Tom find any oral health issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Next, we reviews the X-rays, looking for signs of cavities or inflammation. The dentist examines your soft palette, gums, neck, and throat, looking for any abnormalities. If there are problems discovered during the exam, Dr. Tom will schedule a follow-up visit. If we find gum disease, they may send you home with special at-home periodontal trays to treat the condition.

If a cavity is discovered during the exam, Dr. Tom may offer to fill on the same day, if desired and time is available.

How Often Should You Schedule a Routine Dental Exam?

Your oral health determines how often Dr. Kaminski may ask you to come in for a routine dental exam. The standard recommendation for routine dental exams is once each year, although some patients may need to be seen by their dentists more frequently.

For instance, if you have a dental crown, we may want to see you more often so that potential tooth decay below the crown can be ruled out. If you are at greater risk for developing gum disease due to health issues, smoking, or the use of certain medications, Dr. Tom may recommend that you come in more often.

The Importance of Routine Dental Exams

Routine dental exams should be part of your overall oral health regimen. Dental exams:

  • Prevent cavities and problems with your gums. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove 100 percent of the plaque, which can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel and gums. Dental exams allow for early detection of any problems so that treatment outcomes are more successful.
  • Protect both your oral health and your physical health. Untreated dental problems lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. In addition, researchers warn that diabetes and cardiovascular problems are more likely in people with poor dental health.
  • Keep your smile healthy and bright. Staining and other issues can affect your smile over time. Polishing the teeth removes mild stains, giving you a healthier-looking smile.
  • Can help detect changes in oral health. Changes in the teeth, jawbone, gums, and soft tissue can alert us to serious problems, including cancer.

Dental exams are the cornerstone of good oral health. Work with our team to determine the best schedule for regular dental exams to maintain your healthiest and brightest smile.

Schedule Your Dental Exam

Has it been a while since your last dental exam? Contact us today to schedule your dental exam with our dental professionals today.

Dr. Kaminski - A Dentist Near Me


880 Lee Street, Suite 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016


(847) 824-7722


(847) 824-7722



Monday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM*
Sunday: Closed

*Every Other Saturday

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