What is involved in a Dental Checkup?

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What is involved in a Dental Checkup?

27 Dec 2016

What is involved in a Dental Checkup?

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. Here’s what you can expect during most trips to the dentist, though depending on your oral history, your experience may vary

A Thorough Cleaning

Checkups almost always include a complete dental cleaning, either from your dentist. Using special instruments, the dentist will scrape along and below the gum line, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your dentist will then polish and floss your teeth during the visit and instruct you on oral care techniques and products to use at home for improved oral health.

A Full Dental Examination

Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. The 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.

X-rays

Depending on your age, risks of oral 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. If you are pregnant, inform your dentist, as X-rays should only be taken in emergency situations.

Planning ahead

If your teeth and gums are in good shape, your dentist will probably recommend returning for a six month check up to ensure your teeth are healthy. If further treatment is required — say to fill a cavity, repair a broken crown or remove a wisdom tooth — you should make an appointment before leaving the dental office.

Feeling Worried?

Now, if you’re avoiding dental visits because of some anxiety, the following tips may help you relax and get the attention your teeth need and deserve:

Talk about your feelings

Make sure you communicate with the dentist and staff. Don’t be shy! You are not the first patient to feel nervous or anxious. Convey your concerns and fears before a procedure or if you experience any discomfort during your visit. It is very important to have clear and open communication with your dental professional. Talking will make your dental experience more relaxed and pleasant.

Ask questions

Ask your dental team to inform you about the type of dental treatment they recommend based upon your unique oral health needs. Once a treatment plan has been developed, ask your dentist to explain the procedures in detail. Knowing what to expect before it happens can help put your mind at ease.

Relax

If you are anxious or nervous prior to a procedure, talk to the dentist about ways to make the experience easier. The dentist and staff should make every effort to make your visit comforting and stress-free.
*Source: Colgate Oral Care Centre