Dental Exam Specialist

Swati Agarwal, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Good oral health is the foundation of a healthy smile and maintaining a regular dental exam schedule is critical for your overall health. The office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, California, provides preventive dental services to adults to detect any problems with their teeth in the earliest stages when they’re easiest to treat. Call the practice or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule a dental exam.

Dental Exam Q&A

What does a dental exam have to do with my overall health?

Oral health is very closely related to your overall health. For example, some diseases, like diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, show signs in the mouth first. Periodontitis and gum infections can lead to heart disease and stroke. 

Dental exams include professional dental cleanings and are the only way to remove tartar buildup from your teeth while promoting overall health by avoiding decay and gum disease.

What happens at a dental exam?

Dr. Agarwal provides dental hygiene education at each dental exam, including a review of your brushing and flossing habits and suggestions for improving your home dental care routine.

Your exam also consists of:

  • A professional teeth cleaning to remove tartar buildup
  • An exam of your overall oral health
  • X-rays if needed
  • Examining teeth for decay
  • Examining soft tissues for disease
  • Checking the jaw and bite 

Twice annual comprehensive dental exams at the office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, ensures you detect any potential problems during the early stages when treatment is less complex and  serious issues are avoided.

Why do I need X-rays at a dental exam?

Not all problems with your teeth and gums are visible to the naked eye. Dr. Agarwal uses X-rays to identify: 

  • Decay between the teeth or below existing fillings
  • Periodontal or gum disease
  • Cysts and abscesses
  • Bone infections
  • Tumors
  • Abnormalities with the root of the teeth

When Dr. Agarwal has the opportunity to locate and treat hidden dental problems through the use of X-rays, you can save time, money, and unnecessary pain. 

How does a dental exam help prevent cavities?

Cavity prevention starts at home with good oral hygiene practices. Cavities form when bacteria eat the protective layer of your teeth. Left untreated, cavities create pits in your tooth’s enamel that continue to grow and decay your teeth. 

Bacteria on your teeth increases whenever you consume foods or beverages containing sugar. Dr. Agarwal recommends brushing and flossing your teeth after consuming sugary foods and drinks to remove bacteria.

Keeping your twice-annual dental exams and professional teeth cleanings at Swati Agarwal, DDS, prevents cavities from forming by removing the tartar you can’t clean at home. For an extra layer of defense, Dr. Agarwal can apply dental sealants.

Can regular dental exams prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease describes any disease of the teeth, gums, and bones of your mouth. The most common forms of periodontal disease for adults are gingivitis and periodontitis. Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or chewing tobacco.

Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums. Your gums bleed easily if you have gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis.  

Periodontitis causes bone loss and leads to tooth loss. Dental exams are extremely important in detecting periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, Dr. Agarwal uses laser gum therapy to thoroughly clean your gums and counteract the effects of gum disease.

Regular dental exams are essential to maintaining good oral health and a healthy smile. Schedule your next appointment at the office of Swati Agarwal, DDS, today by calling the practice or using the online booking system.