Oral Exams

Oral Exams

Oral exams at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, also known as dental check-ups or dental examinations, are routine evaluations conducted by dentists to assess the overall health of a patient's mouth, teeth, gums, and oral tissues. 

Regular oral exams are a cornerstone of preventive dental care at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, led by Dr. Rick Franklin. These exams are essential for maintaining optimal oral health, detecting early signs of dental issues, and ensuring personalized care for every patient. 

Importance of Oral Exams

Regular oral exams are vital for several reasons:

  • Early Detection of Dental Issues: Oral exams allow Dr. Rick Franklin to detect dental problems in their early stages, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Early detection can lead to simpler and less invasive treatments, preventing the progression of more serious conditions.
  • Preventive Care: By examining your teeth, gums, and oral tissues regularly, Dr. Rick Franklin can identify and address potential risk factors before they develop into more significant problems. This proactive approach helps in maintaining healthy teeth and gums over the long term.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: Oral exams enable Dr. Rick Franklin to create personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific dental needs. Whether it's addressing dental decay, recommending preventive measures, or planning for restorative treatments, these exams form the foundation for comprehensive dental care.

What Happens During an Oral Exam?

Medical History Review

Before the examination begins, Dr. Rick Franklin will review your medical history, including any medications you're taking and any relevant health conditions. This information helps in understanding your overall health and its potential impact on your oral health.

Visual Examination

The oral exam typically starts with a visual inspection of your mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. Dr. Rick Franklin will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), oral lesions, and abnormalities in the soft tissues.

Digital X-rays and Imaging

Depending on your oral health history and current symptoms, Dr. Rick Franklin may recommend digital X-rays or other imaging techniques. These diagnostic tools provide detailed images of your teeth and jawbone, allowing for a more thorough assessment of dental issues that may not be visible during the visual exam.

Gum Health Assessment

Checking the health of your gums is an integral part of the oral exam. Dr. Rick Franklin will measure the depth of gum pockets around your teeth to assess for signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are essential for supporting teeth and maintaining overall oral health.

Examination of Existing Restorations

If you have dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, Dr. Rick Franklin will inspect them to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly. Any signs of wear, damage, or deterioration will be noted for further evaluation and possible treatment.

Oral Cancer Screening

As part of the oral exam, Dr. Rick Franklin will perform a thorough screening for oral cancer. This includes examining the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat, and other oral tissues for any signs of abnormal growths, sores, or discolorations. Early detection of oral cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes. Call us to learn more.

How Often Should I Visit Dentist For Oral Exams?

It is generally recommended to visit your dentist for oral exams every six months or twice a year. This frequency allows dentists to monitor your oral health closely, detect any developing issues early on, and provide preventive care as needed. However, the optimal frequency may vary based on individual oral health needs and any specific concerns you may have. Your dentist, such as Dr. Rick Franklin at SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, can provide personalized recommendations based on your oral health status and history. Regular oral exams are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene, preventing dental problems, and ensuring a healthy smile for life.

Patient Education and Oral Hygiene Tips

During your oral exam at SoonerCare DDS, Dr. Rick Franklin and our dental team are committed to providing patient education on maintaining good oral hygiene practices. This includes:

  • Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques: Demonstrating effective brushing and flossing techniques tailored to your dental needs.
  • Nutritional Guidance: Offering advice on a balanced diet that supports oral health and prevents tooth decay.
  • Smoking Cessation: Discussing the harmful effects of smoking and offering support for tobacco cessation if needed.
  • Importance of Regular Dental Visits: Emphasizing the benefits of scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings to maintain oral health.


At SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Rick Franklin and our dedicated team prioritize your oral health through comprehensive oral exams. Regular exams not only help in detecting and preventing dental issues but also promote overall wellness. If you're due for an oral exam or have concerns about your dental health, contact SoonerCare DDS in Tulsa, OK, to schedule your appointment.

Are you ready to prioritize your oral health? Visit SoonerCare DDS, conveniently located at 3747 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK. Led by Dr. Rick Franklin, our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive dental services for you and your family. Call us at (918) 601-5510 or visit our website to book your appointment and discover why SoonerCare DDS is your trusted partner in dental health.