In the world today oral health stands as a cornerstone for overall physical health. The gateway to maintaining good oral hygiene begins with a first-class dental examination.

In this issue we will discuss the importance of the first-class dental exam.

Routine dental examinations are often overlooked and not a priority. This should change. A first-class dental exam is an essential component in preventing dental disease and promoting overall health.

The significance of first-class dental examination lies in its ability to detect problems early and devise a treatment plan to improve health conditions. Dentists are trained to identify signs of decay, gum disease and other dental issues before they escalate into major concerns. What we know today is the exam unlocks the door to potentially other systemic ailments. Early intervention not only saves individuals from potential pain and suffering but also prevents the need for more extensive and costly treatments down the line.

For example, the first-class dental examination can suspect oral cancers at an early stage, and refer to an oral surgeon or medical colleague for further testing. Dentists are trained to recognize abnormalities in the mouth and throat. Early detection of oral cancers significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and recovery, underscoring the life-saving potential of these consults.

Additionally, the first-class exam investigates the following:

  • Full mouth X-rays. This may involve a Panoramic, Bite wings or CBCT Scan. In emergency cases a single Periapical x-ray may be taken.
  • A periodontal (gum) examination including the probing of pocket depths to determine the amount of bone support, gum recession, gum thickness and tooth mobility.
  • A complete dental examination looks at tooth decay, broken fillings, silver fillings, worn fillings, leaky or broken crowns, teeth abrasion at gum line, etc.
  • Bite relationship of your teeth, missing teeth, teeth alignment, soft tissue evaluation
  • Assessment of your TMJ (Jaw joint), tonsillar areas, tongue, palate and all soft tissues
  • Digital scans to create study models of teeth and soft tissue for treatment planning, Fastbraces, crowns and bridge work, etc
  • Pictures of teeth gums and soft tissues- to show patients and see before/after results

So, as you can see, the first-class dental is quite comprehensive. These examinations serve also as an opportunity to educate patients, thereby empowering them to take charge of their oral health.

The impact of oral health extends far beyond the mouth. Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues and more. The first-class dental examination becomes a gateway to your overall health by addressing potential connections between oral health and these systemic conditions. Dentists can identify risk factors and work with patients to manage these risks.

The importance of a first-class dental examination cannot be overstated.

Beyond a mere check-up, these appointments are necessary for early detection, prevention and education. They pave the way for a lifetime of optimal oral health, contributing not only to a great smile but also to overall well-being. As individuals prioritize the First-Class Exam, they unlock the key to a healthier, happier life—one smile at a time.

Dr. Kendal V. O. Major is Founder and CEO of Center for Specialized Dentistry which is a comprehensive family dental practice operating in Nassau and Freeport. He is the first Bahamian Specialist in gum diseases and dental implants since 1989. He also is a certified Fastbraces provider. His practice is located at 89 Collins Avenue, Nassau at (242)325-5165 or [email protected].


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