What Happens During a Routine Dental Check-Up?

Regular visits to a dental clinic are an integral part of good dental care. Keeping to these appointments can mean avoiding dental problems altogether, and any issues that crop up can be identified and treated before they take hold, maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Here’s what generally happens during a typical regular dental check-up. A dental check-up or dental exam is usually performed during your dental hygiene visit or teeth cleaning appointment.

Appointment Check-In

When you arrive for your appointment at the dental office, you will be asked to update your medical information if your health has changed since your last visit. First-time patients may need to complete brief medical history forms specifying current medication, allergies, and health conditions.

Initial Examination

The appointment will include reviewing your dental history and discussing any issues or symptoms you may have noticed. It gives you the opportunity to discuss any changes, pain, or sensitivity you are experiencing in your oral health.

Dental X-Rays

The dental check-up process can only be properly completed with dental x-rays. They allow the dentist to detect problems that may not be visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between the teeth, impacted teeth, or overall bone loss. The dental x-ray process is fast and painless.

Teeth Cleaning

Your dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is referred to as scaling, and it aims at areas that are beyond the reach of routine brushing and flossing. After scaling, your dental hygienist will likely polish your teeth using a special paste and high-powered electric brush to scrub away any remaining surface stains, leaving your teeth feeling smooth and clean.

Flossing

Your dental hygienist will use floss between each tooth to remove plaque and debris left over. It is also a way to check if your gums are healthy or not and if they bleed or if there is gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis.

Check-Up Exam

Once your cleaning is completed, the dentist will step in to conduct a regular examination. It entails examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The dentist will examine teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.

Discussing the X-Ray Results

Depending on the dental x-rays (if any are taken during your current appointment), your dentist will review them and discuss any significant findings with you if they identify any potential problems. They will also explain if any treatment is necessary. This can be anything from simply filling a cavity with a composite filling material to crowning a tooth or performing a root canal.

Tailored Oral Hygiene Instructions

According to the assessment and cleaning, your dental professional will advise you on caring for your mouth at home. It could mean guidance on how to brush, floss, or use mouthwash. Some may even suggest certain dental products for you, like toothpaste for sensitive teeth or an electric toothbrush.

Scheduling the Next Visit

Most people should get their teeth cleaned every six months, but depending on their individual needs and oral health, their dentist may recommend a different frequency. Keeping current with regular check-ups is the most important way to prevent dental problems and maintain oral health over a lifetime.

Regular visits to a dentist help in monitoring oral health. These visits enable dental issues to be detected sooner, teeth to be cleaned by a dental professional, and personalized recommendations to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. So remember that you are not just having a dental appointment, but you are also benefitting from having your oral health monitored and tracked to detect issues early so that you can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your visit now!

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