About Dental Exams
Dental examinations are a very important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our dentists and hygienists recommend that their Los Alamitos patients schedule a consultation and examination with them at least once a year at Beachwood Dental. This examination is effective in detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions that may go unnoticed. During a standard examination, our dental team will inspect the teeth and probe the gums thoroughly for signs of disease or cavities. In addition, X-Rays will typically be taken to ensure the teeth are strong and healthy. If anything is detected, then the next step will be to discuss treatment options and restore the patient's teeth back to their optimal level of health.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
"Mary Ann and the front desk staff are always on time and provide friendly reminders. Been using Dr Brown for over 25 years and very pleased with his work."- R.H. / Google / Sep 17, 2018
"Great friendly service so far for teeth cleaning, xrays, and checkup.. On time for appts."- I.J. / Google / Sep 13, 2018
"Love love BeachWood dental!! I finally have a dental family that I can call home for all mine and my husbands needs. The dentists and staff are so friendly and welcoming. They’re even calming and comforting for people like me who get nervous when I go in. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist!! JullieG~"- J.G. / Google / Aug 18, 2018
"The hygienist only uses the "Scraponater" (the ultrasonic tooth cleaner/scraper) on the heavy deposits not for the whole cleaning job. That thing feels like I'm scraping my teeth on a blackboard. The cleaning job is almost always done completely by hand. Then there is the digital X-Ray machine. Precious little radiation compared to the regular kind and the view is almost 3D. Teeth all bright and shiny, quick and painless. What more can you ask for?"- D.K. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2018
What to Expect
A thorough dental examination will start with a conversation between our dentist and the patient. One of our dentists will ask about the patient's recent health, including any current medications, illnesses, and surgeries. Our dentist will also ask the patient if they have noticed any changes or areas of concern. To get a complete picture of the patient's mouth, our dentist will begin by taking digital X-rays to see the teeth, gums, and bones. Our dentist will then perform a visual check of the mouth and then continue the exam with palpation (touch) to check for signs of oral cancer, decay, and disease. Our dentist will also use probing tools to check the health of the gums by measuring the depth of the gum pockets and looking for areas of inflammation.
If our dentist finds any areas of concern during the dental examination, they will talk to the patient about possible preventative measures that may be performed at the office or at home. Our dentist will let the patient know when they should schedule their next dental exam to check on their progress. In some cases, our dentist may recommend further testing or refer the patient to a specialist.
Plan Your Procedure
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Prevent and Protect
Be sure to schedule and attend your annual dental examination so you and your dentist can keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. With regular dental exams, your dentist can notice subtle changes that can lead to faster, more effective treatments when problems do arise. A few minutes in one of our dentist's chair for an annual exam can save you hours of time and discomfort in extensive procedures and recovery time.