If you want to stay healthy, you should try to avoid dental issues by getting them diagnosed before they develop into bigger conditions. These problems can be identified during a dental exam for yourself and your whole family. While the mouth is checked in your bi-annual cleaning, a dental exam consists of a more thorough analysis. Dental examinations at LifeTime Smiles of OC assess your overall oral health by looking for tooth decay, signs of oral cancer, and other diseases. Dr. Kareem Abraham will determine your need for procedures and look for problems with your bite and jaw. Digital images will also be used for a better view of the hidden problems in your teeth, jaw, and gums. If you live near Santa Ana, CA, make an appointment for a dental exam for your family at LifeTime Smiles of OC.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is an abnormal group of cells in the mouth, including the gums, jawbone, lips, tongue, throat, and salivary glands. Each dental examination at LifeTime Smiles of OC will include a screening for oral cancer to check for any symptoms, including inflammation, sores, lesions, and lumps. Dr. Abraham will also feel your neck and jaw for abnormal growths. Should any areas of concern be discovered, a biopsy can be done or you may need care from a specialist.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Great service! Good professional work! A++"- R.L. / Yelp / Jun 20, 2019
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"I love going to this wonderful place , they’re so friendly and kind and full of joy and smiles !!!! Great for families!!!"- D.T. / Google / Jun 12, 2019
"Update: 6/2019 Oscar no longer works at Lifetime Smiles, but Naomi and Ana are amazing. They work well with Dr. Abraham, making sure your comfortable, and not in any pain. They're both friendly and very knowledgeable."- L.C. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
Santa Ana, CA residents of every age should receive a dental exam every year. Some of the most common oral conditions, such as periodontal disease (the top reason for tooth loss), do not have signs you can see. If concerns are noticed early, you are more likely to have additional treatment options.
The ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that children visit a dentist before they turn one year old. Dr. Abraham can talk about common problems, including using pacifiers, teething, and baby bottle tooth decay. Our team at LifeTime Smiles of OC can teach you ways to clean and care for your baby's oral health so they develop good habits early in life. Dental examinations are also crucial for older children as their teeth, gums, and jaw develop.
What To Expect
Your appointment will begin with an initial assessment of your teeth, gums, tongue, throat, roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and other checkpoints. This includes checking for symptoms of oral cancer in your mouth. Dr. Abraham or a member of his team may take digital x-rays and check for abnormal gum tissue. Dr. Abraham will evaluate your neck, head, and jaw, including the bite and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). He will then discuss any concerns discovered and your treatment options. Dr. Abraham will go over any other conditions you may have, prescriptions you are taking, and if they might affect your dental health by causing tooth decay or dry mouth. Lastly, he will check any restorations you have, such as bridges and dentures, to assess the wear and fit.
When to schedule your next appointment will be based on the results of your exam. If Dr. Abraham doesn't find any problems, then you can follow a home oral care routine with flossing and brushing every day, plus yearly dental examinations and twice yearly professional cleanings at LifeTime Smiles of OC. If Dr. Abraham does find a concern that needs to be treated, procedures can be reviewed and planned.
Since a dental exam is so important to your dental health, it's usually covered by insurance. We can talk to your insurance company to understand your coverage and any personal expenses. If you don't have insurance, LifeTime Smiles of OC takes several payments, including medical financing. Dr. Abraham works with you to help you be able to afford good dental health.
Plan Your Procedure
Annual Dental Exams
True oral health means you can't go to the dentist only when something is wrong. You have to be proactive with preventive care. This may save the health of your teeth and gums, plus a lot of time and money. We suggest visiting Dr. Kareem Abraham at LifeTime Smiles of OC annually for a dental exam. This can help you to minimize problems by catching them in the early stages. We work hard to make dental examinations a pleasant experience for you so you'll enjoy coming back. Contact our team in Santa Ana, CA to schedule your exam.