Oral Examinations

Oral Examinations Holland DentistThe easiest way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay is to schedule an oral exam with our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles every six months.

During an oral examination, a dental hygienist will take X-rays and remove plaque and tartar from your smile. After the teeth cleaning, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, misaligned teeth, and other oral health issues.

Oral examinations are important because they help your dentist catch small issues before they grow into larger problems. For example, gingivitis (early gum disease) can be reversed by adopting a healthy oral hygiene routine and seeing your dentist for professional teeth cleanings every six months.

X-rays taken during oral exams can reveal cavities hiding along the gum line or between teeth. Scheduling a dental exam is in your best interest because it gives your dentist the opportunity to save teeth from cavities. While small cavities are treated with fillings, large cavities may require dental crowns. Not only are dental crowns more expensive than fillings, but the dental procedure is more invasive.

Protect Your Smile

Our Holland, MI, family dentist is dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are interested in scheduling a dental hygiene oral exam, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team