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How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Oral Exam


Posted on 7/12/2021 by Dick Hikade, DDS
How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Oral ExamComing in for routine dental visits is essential if you wish to maintain good oral health. Even though you may floss and brush your teeth daily, there are other oral conditions that will only be addressed by an oral exam. Conditions like tooth decay, receding gum line, and cavities can only be noticed by a thorough and professional oral exam. Therefore, have you scheduled or planning to schedule for an oral exam? If so, there are several ways you can prepare for it.

Brush/Floss Ahead of Time


Our professionals will tell how regularly you brush and floss your teeth based on the sensitivity of your gum, signs of decay, or dental cavities. As much as there is little you can do to change the condition before seeing us, brushing and flossing before the visit helps our dentists make accurate assessments.

Avoid Energy Drinks/Coffee Before the Visit


It is a good idea to avoid drinking energy drinks or coffee before the oral exam. Depending on the dental condition, an oral exam can take between 30 minutes to an hour. Energy drinks and coffee can make you jittery due to caffeine, making it challenging for an oral exam. Furthermore, energy drinks can also worsen the situation due to their acidic content; they can cause tooth erosion.

Tell Us What's Bothering You


Before the visit, take note of every dental aspect bothering you and inform us during the oral exam. Our professionals will use this information and examine if there's an underlying condition causing the discomfort. There are many factors that could cause discomfort in your mouth, including tooth sensitivity, gum recession, tooth decay, cavities, and tooth cracks, among others. During an oral exam, our professionals will carefully evaluate the condition and administer the necessary treatment. Visit our offices for more information on how to prepare for an oral exam.

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14210 SE Sunnyside Rd Ste 200
Clackamas, OR 97015


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