The Importance of an Annual Dental Check-up by our Calgary Dentist

The Importance of an Annual Dental Check-up by our Calgary Dentist

A dental examination at our Calgary dentist office involves so much more than just checking for cavities.  At your annual dental examination, our Calgary dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health, both inside and outside your mouth, to both monitor your oral health and diagnosis any new areas of concern.  In addition to checking for cavities (tooth decay) during your dental examination, Dr. Dirk Thompson, our Calgary dentist, will also be:

  • checking for early signs of gum disease (gingivitis)
  • assessing the progress of any pre-existing gum disease
  • screening for oral cancer
  • checking for signs of teeth grinding or clenching
  • assessing any jaw or facial pain you may have, including TMJ (temporomandibular) jaw pain
  • discussing any cosmetic dentistry issues you may have, including whitening your teeth, crowns, veneers and dental implants
  • providing recommendations for any new or outstanding dental treatment
  • recommending an at home oral healthcare routine
  • making any necessary referrals to dental specialists


In addition to completing a visual examination, our Calgary dentist may also recommend that dental x-rays be taken (where necessary), including bitewings, PAs and a panoramic x-ray.  Our Calgary dentist may also use an intra-oral camera to take photos to help you plainly see and understand any dental issues that may be developing.  By making use of the latest in dental technology, our Calgary dentist can diagnosis dental issues before they become larger problems that require more extensive intervention and costs.


If you have not had a dental examination in a while, Dr. Dirk Thompson, our Calgary dentist, and our entire dental team recognize that some people may feel hesitant or even embarrassed to see their dentist.  At Advance Your Health Dental, our goal is to always provide you with dental care that is judgment free in a relaxed and positive atmosphere that encourages you to have honest and open conversations about your dental health with our team.

By having annual dental examinations, our Calgary dentist can assess the inter-related components of your oral health and track your overall oral health over time which is an important aspect of ensuring a lifetime of optimal dental health.


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