WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR DENTAL VISIT
Oral health is more than brushing and flossing. Its vital for complete care, to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. The first step in this process is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable, and then schedule an appointment.
But if you do not know what to expect at your dental visit here’s a description of general procedure.
- Once you’ve found a dentist you like, your next step is to schedule a checkup before any problems arise.
- On your first visit, your dentist will take a full health history. On follow-up visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell your dentist.
- Cleaning. This is intended to help your teeth stay clean and last longer. As well as acts as a preventive measure by catching problems before they develop.
- Checkups almost always include a complete thorough cleaning. Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gumline. This is in order to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your dentist or hygienist may also polish and floss your teeth.
- After your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth. He will be looking for signs of disease or other problems. His or her goal is to help maintain your good oral health and to prevent problems from becoming serious, by identifying and treating them as soon as possible.
- Then depending on your age, risks of disease and symptoms, your dentist may recommend X-rays. X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth. A modern dental office uses machines that emit virtually no radiation. At least no more than you would receive from a day in the sun or a weekend watching TV. As a precaution, you should always wear a lead apron when having an X-ray. And, if you are pregnant, inform your dentist, as X-rays should only be in emergency situations. In some cases your dentist may ask for a Panoramic X-ray, or Panorex. This type of film provides a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, and helps the dentist understand your bite and the relationship between the different teeth and your arch.
- If your teeth and gums are in good shape, you probably won’t need to return for three to six months. Further treatment say to fill a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown you should be sheduled before leaving the dentist office. And don’t forget to ask your dentist any questions you may have this is your chance to get the answers you need.
Schedule an appointment with us soon and receive the best treatment by the highest qualified dentists. Meanwhile remember to brush and floss at least twice a day. Or after eating and or drinking sugary foods that are likely cause decay.