Every six months, millions of Americans head into their dentist's office for a routine checkup. This is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your oral health and hygiene. A dental checkup includes an exam, X-rays, cleaning teeth with an ultrasonic scaler or hand instruments, fluoride treatment (if indicated), and topical antibiotic treatment (if indicated). Throughout this process, your dentist will be looking for any signs that might indicate tooth decay or gum disease.
What Is A Dental Checkup, And What Does It Involve?
A dental checkup is an important part of maintaining good oral health. It's time to establish a routine for your teeth, gums, and mouth. What can happen at a routine dental visit? Your dentist will review any problems you're experiencing with eating or chewing, take x-rays if needed to find out if there are any cavities present in your teeth, clean your teeth and gums thoroughly, polish them for protection against bacteria that cause tooth decay or gum disease - this might feel like having your car waxed!
We will also check for signs of gum disease during the checkup, which can be a warning sign of periodontal (gum) disease. We might recommend using fluoride treatments to help prevent tooth decay and/or gingivitis. We'll also check for signs of oral cancer, which is one reason why the dentist checks inside your mouth.
If you have trouble speaking or chewing due to swelling caused by an infection with a virus (such as herpes), we might prescribe medications that can help speed up healing time and decrease discomfort.
The Benefits Of Going To The Dentist For A Checkup
By going to your dentist for a checkup, you can ensure that any signs of tooth decay or gum disease are detected and addressed early. If these issues aren't treated properly right away, they could lead to more serious problems like cavities and possibly losing teeth. Even if there is no sign of a cavity on the surface of the tooth, it doesn't mean that one isn't present under the enamel - this may require special x-rays, which only your dentist should order! Remember: good oral hygiene starts with regular dental cleanings by a professional.
It's important to know what happens during a routine dental checkup. Our team of dentists is ready and waiting for you. If you have any questions about our services, please don't hesitate to reach out at (number). We're eager to help in any way we can!