A healthy, confident smile is a key component of enjoying a healthy lifestyle. To keep your mouth in top shape, it is important to stay proactive in maintaining your oral hygiene and having any dental problems diagnosed and treated before they become greater concerns. A comprehensive dental examination evaluates your total oral health by screening for gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, oral hygiene, and other dental issues. At Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics, general dentists Dr. Najib Adi and Atlas Walk Dental recommend dental exams for you and your family on a regular basis. During your dental exams, our skilled and experienced team will also evaluate your overall bite and jaw joints and take low-radiation x-rays to check for hidden areas of decay, bone loss, and additional dental concerns. Give your family the benefit of healthy, happy smiles and schedule your dental examinations with our team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics in Gainesville, VA today.
Oral Cancer Screening
An important part of a dental exam, an oral cancer screening evaluates for suspicious, precancerous, and cancerous lesions in the mouth. Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the oral cavity, including the gums, cheeks, tongue, lips, jaw throat, salivary glands, soft and hard palates, and the floor of the mouth. Dr. Adi will palpate the soft tissue of the mouth and neck and visually screen for any abnormal or irregular tissues. If we find any areas of concern, our team may perform a biopsy or refer you to an oral surgery specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
Dental Exam Reviews
"Best dental practice I’ve used. I found Atlas Walk through Yelp. The practice uses the latest dental technology and is customer focused. It is a welcoming environment that is both painless and very thorough. I was pleased to find that Dr. Adi personally did a complete oral health examination even though I was only visiting for my periodic dental cleaning. The staff is very friendly, and I was promptly seen at my appointment time. Would highly recommend Atlas Walk to my friends and family."- J.A. / Yelp / May 18, 2018
"I am very happy with my dental care at Atlas walk Dental. Everyone is super nice and helpful. Dr.Alhabashi is an excellent Dentist. He is always smiling and explains everything very well and that relieves my stress and anxiety and makes my experience pain free. Dr. Alhabashi answers all my questions and he is always very patient and caring. I highly recommend Dr.Alhabashi and Atlas walk Dental."- A.S. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"I have had somewhat mixed experiences at Dentist Office of the Hudson Valley. Care has been great, but communication is sometimes lacking. That said, I cannot praise the dental technicians enough. I had two experiences with two different technicians and both were great! Karen was super patient and considerate with a lengthy cleaning and Maria was equally as patient and very forthcoming and upfront about the particulars of orthodontics and general dental care. Considering, on average, you only spend a few minutes (at most) with the dentist, the quality of the dental tech care is of extreme importance."- E.S. / Google / May 05, 2022
"I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the excellent dental care Dr. Adi provided me during my recent visit to your office. Your expertise and professionalism were evident from the moment I walked through the door. I was impressed by the time you took to listen to my concerns and answer my questions. You were thorough in your examination, and your recommendations for treatment were clear and easy to understand. I especially appreciated the gentle and compassionate care you provided throughout my visit. Your kindness and empathy made me feel comfortable and confident in your abilities. Thank you again for your outstanding service. I look forward to my next visit to your office and will recommend you to all my family and friends."- R.K. / Google / May 20, 2023
"Dental hygienist Denise pays close attention to her patient's dental care. She offers encouragement and advice on maintaining good oral hygiene. She is patient and caring to ensure the patient is comfortable given the anxieties of going to the dentist. Dr. Adi is a great dentist and he is offers sound and honest advice to his patients. He takes to the time to explain dental related issues and the best and reasonable remediation. Dr. Adi and Miss Denise are a wonderful team for complete oral care."- B.S. / Google / Jun 21, 2023
Best Candidates for Dental Exam
Dr. Adi and the Atlas Walk team recommend that patients of all ages receive an annual dental examination to identify any treatment concerns and to keep good oral hygiene. Our team is very thorough and routinely screens for problems like gum disease and tooth decay during dental exams. Certain dental issues may not initially present with symptoms or may develop with signs that are difficult to notice. Gum disease, for instance, is a common condition that typically does not cause pain. The earlier we can identify and treat any dental conditions, the greater the treatment options and opportunity to enjoy a healthy smile over the long-term.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and our dentists recommend that children have their first dental visit before turning a year old. Our team can address concerns like baby bottle tooth decay, using pacifiers, and teething and offer oral hygiene tips on how to keep your children’s teeth and gums clean on a daily basis. Helping your children establish good oral care habits early in life can create a foundation for lasting oral health. Dental exams are very important to maintain as your child's jaw develops.
What To Expect
Our doctors will start your dental exam by reviewing your medical and dental histories and any medications or supplements that you may be taking. Dr. Adi will then evaluate your teeth, soft tissues, jaw joints, and bite (how your upper and lower teeth fit together) and check the integrity and fit of any fillings, crowns, bridges, or other restorations you may have. We will also look for any tissue abnormalities or signs of oral cancer. Digital x-rays may be taken to allow Dr. Adi to assess your jawbone health and internal portions of your teeth. A periodontal (gum disease) screening will also be conducted, which our doctors will use along with your x-rays to determine if the condition is present in any area of your mouth. Once we have completed your exam, our team will review our findings and present treatment options if necessary. In some cases, we may take intra-oral pictures of areas that require treatment to help you better understand your treatment needs.
To maintain oral hygiene and provide the proper care for your smile, we typically recommend that patients have dental exams on a yearly basis along with bi-annual dental cleanings. However, Dr. Adi may suggest more frequent exams or cleanings depending on your individual oral health needs. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy between visits is very important to your smile. Our friendly team will spend time to provide individual oral hygiene instructions for brushing and flossing to help you maintain a clean mouth on a daily basis. Performing good home care techniques can help to minimize your treatment needs over the long-term. If you have any additional treatment needs, our team will be sure to review those with you and schedule your procedures accordingly.
Dental exams are a vital part of a preventive care plan and typically covered under dental insurance benefits. A member of our business staff will review your specific insurance plan and determine any personal expenses. If you are not using dental insurance, we will be happy to review our convenient payment options and work with you to make sure your care is affordable. Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics also accepts third-party patient financing to help you get the treatment your family needs for healthy smiles.
Annual Dental Exams
Even if you are not noticing any signs or symptoms or oral problems, it still important to have your teeth, gums, and oral hygiene evaluated on a regular basis. Regular preventive care can allow Dr. Adi to identify dental concerns early on, minimize your treatment needs, and save you time and money in the long run. Our team at Atlas Walk Dental & Orthodontics is proud to make receiving dental care a fun, positive experience for patients of all ages. Contact our Gainesville, VA office today to schedule your dental exam.