Comprehensive Dental Exam

May 08, 2018 | Posted in Health

Did you know a dental cleaning, is only part of the equation when it comes to your overall health?


We consider, the mouth to be the gateway to the rest of the body because many other illnesses first represent themselves as changes within the mouth. As a result, a comprehensive oral dental exam is recommended every 3- 5 years to re-evaluate your dental health and over all health.


It is also recommended if you have had a substantial change in your health history since your last regular visit, or if you have not been to your regular dentist in more than three years.


During an examination, your dentist and hygienist will perform a visual examination, as well as a more detailed dental examination using x-rays such as bitewings, 360 Panorex, and sometimes an intra-oral camera to detect:

  • New cavities
  • Weaknesses in already installed crowns, fillings, and bridgework
  • Gum or bone recession
  • Teeth deterioration due to abnormal bite, bruxism, or TMJ

Your hygienist and dentist will also perform a visual and digital examination of all the hard and soft tissues of your head and neck, including lymph nodes. Think of it like a physical for your head and neck, lips, cheeks, and gums. It's not just about your teeth!


A Comprehensive Dental Exam, or COE, is designed to set a baseline of your health and to catch any early signs of serious illness that may be otherwise undetected. Often people see their dentist more frequently then they would their family doctor. Our team is highly trained and will be on the lookout for the following illnesses which can be detected during a comprehensive oral evaluation:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • High Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Oral cancer
  • Immune abnormalities
  • Sinus problems

A comprehensive oral evaluation is a valuable part of your preventative health plan, and your Barrie dentist and hygienist are a great ally in keeping an eye out for undiagnosed illnesses. Have you had your COE? Call us today to reserve time with our team!