North Bethesda Dentist

Although many realize that visiting your dentist is an integral part of proper dental hygiene, some have neglected their regular appointments due to concerns about COVID-19. 

You should be aware that our office has taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its patients and staff. Keeping up with your regular checkups helps ensure that your mouth, teeth, and gums remain healthy and that we can detect any problems before they may require expensive dental work.

Learn more about returning to your routine dental exams and cleanings and contact Pike District Smiles today.

What should I expect during my regular dental exam?

Dental exams typically focus on preventing problems and practicing proper dental hygiene. They are also important because they allow us to detect potential dental problems in the early stages when intervention is most successful.

Medical History

Dental checkups are typically performed by a dentist with a dental assistant. If you require teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist will also take part. Regardless, your appointment starts with taking your medical history and examining your file. You may be asked questions about any medications that you are taking.

Also, you may be asked about any current medical conditions that you are dealing with, as well as associated treatments and previous dental treatments. All of this information is helpful in developing an individualized treatment plan.


The second step of the process involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, mouth, jaw, and supporting structures. X-rays may also be taken to detect any problems or underlying issues that are not immediately visible.


Undergoing dental cleaning is an integral part of your dental checkup. The focus here is on removing plaque and tartar that may have accumulated on your teeth or under your gums. After your cleaning, your dental hygienist will carefully polish your teeth and may provide information on brushing and flossing.


After your dental hygienist has thoroughly cleaned your teeth, the dentist may arrive to follow up with anything noticed during your initial dental exam. You may also be checked for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. Early detection of this serious disease dramatically improves outcomes for patients. This is one reason why keeping up with your regular exams and cleanings is so important: It provides an opportunity to spot early signs of trouble, greatly improving the odds of a full recovery.

Getting Back on Track

The frequency of your needed dental exams and cleanings depends upon your current oral health. So be sure that you are regularly practicing sound dental hygiene at home and maintaining your scheduled visits to the dentist.

If you have been putting off your regular dental exams and cleanings for yourself or your family, we strongly encourage you to get back on track by contacting our office today to schedule an appointment. New patients are welcome! Many insurances are accepted!