What Happens During A Routine Dental Check Up?
Regular dental check ups are key preventative measures to keep your teeth for as long as possible. Typically you should go in for routine dental checks twice a year. Routine check ups cover three main things.
1. Sometime dental issues are not visible to the eye but a dentist knows exactly what he is looking for.
2. Looking for anything that looks like decay.
3. Lastly, to treat any problems that may be there.
Lots of time people will not go to dentist until something is seen or pain is involved. It is noted that going in for routine visits can take of issues before they arise or before they get out of hand.
What happens during regular dental check ups? First off you will be seen by a dentist and an oral hygienist. The dentist will look for problems with your mouth such as cancer; this will also include looking at teeth and gums. The oral hygienist will give you the initial exam of your gums and teeth. He/she will also ask about your current health status and any medication you may be taking.
You will have X-rays taken to get a closer look at the teeth and the roots, to determine if any other problems are going on with your teeth and gums that the doctor cannot see with the naked eye. From there they will determine the procedures necessary to get your teeth back in good order.
Also included in a dental check up is a teeth cleaning, to remove any hardened plaque or tartar. You can brush 10 times a day but a cleaning from a hygienist is still important. When the hygienist has completed the cleaning he/she will polish them. Hygienists use this polish to get rid of plaque and stains on teeth. The oral hygienist, upon completion, will help you by telling you steps you can take to keep your teeth at their healthiest until your next visit. It is at this point you can ask questions, should you have any.
The dental check up is the most important thing. It prevents problems before they happen. It is not good to wait until the last minute or until you are in pain. If you stick to the schedule of seeing the dentist two times a year you can keep on top of things, and this will ensure you have a beautiful smile for years to come.
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