Routine Dental Exams are Vital to Good Oral Health By drednarcisi on September 02, 2014

A patient at a routine dental examWhen most people imagine their ideal smile, they picture straight, white, beautiful teeth. What some may not pay attention to is the fact that a beautiful smile must start with the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. While restorative dentistry services can repair and strengthen damaged teeth, it is always the goal of cosmetic dentist Edward Narcisi to help patients avoid the need for such dental work all together. The best way to maintain good oral health is through the practice of a strong and consistent oral hygiene routine. While at home dental care is important, regular dental exams are also a vital part of this routine. Because of the number of oral health benefits they provide, Dr. Narcisi recommends that his Pittsburgh patients schedule dental exams a minimum of twice a year. These dental exams help prevent serious oral health problems, allow for early detection of dental complications, and are a good indicator of a patient’s general oral health.


The primary goal of oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and dental exams, is to prevent serious dental problems. No matter how careful and rigorous a patient is with their at-home oral hygiene habits, no one can clean their teeth as well as a dentist can at a professional cleaning (a key aspect of a routine dental exam). By thoroughly removing plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums, and particularly from areas that are difficult to reach by most patients, Dr. Narcisi can help patients maintain a clean environment for the teeth and gums. This is one of the important benefits of a routine dental exam.

Early Detection

Even patients who practice good oral hygiene habits are not immune to decay. Plaque is bound to build up around the teeth and gums. While dental cleanings can rid the teeth and gums of this buildup, the teeth may have already suffered some decay. By keeping a schedule of bi-annual dental exams, patients can ensure that any dental complication, such as tooth decay, is detected and treated in its earliest stages. This benefits patients because it allows them to treat oral problems with less-invasive (and often less expensive) dental treatments than would be necessary had the problem been allowed to progress.

Examining General Oral Health

Routine dental exams allow Dr. Narcisi to keep a close watch on a patient’s general oral health. The teeth are just one aspect of the mouth that needs to be cared for. Dental exams involve a visual examination, routine cleanings, and digital radiography x-rays, all of which allow Dr. Narcisi to ensure that the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone are what they should be.

Schedule an Appointment

To get the most of dental exams, patients should schedule these exams at least twice yearly. If it has been six months or more since your last dental exam and you are looking for a dentist who makes your satisfaction a priority, look no further than Dr. Edward Narcisi and his dental team. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to see Dr. Narcisi for a routine dental exam. We look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Edward Narcisi, DMD

Edward Narcisi, DMD

Dr. Narcisi is devoted to helping patients achieve stunning, healthy smiles through comprehensive dental care. He is a member of many prestigious associations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 
  • Academy of Osseointegration 

To schedule a consultation at the Center for Dental Excellence, request an appointment online or call us at (412) 373-9447.

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