What To Expect at A Dental Check-Up

Maintaining your oral health allows you to have a bright smile, eat a healthy diet, speak with confidence, and possibly help prevent serious illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. Besides home care, regular dental check-ups can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and possibly save you money and time in dental treatments.

We help you have a pleasant experience with each dental visit. So call today and schedule an appointment at Trident Dental for a dental check-up and professional teeth cleaning.

Why Do I Need Dental Checkups?

Although some people think they can’t spend the time and money to see their dentist every six months, regular dental checkups can save you both of these precious commodities. So before you decide to skip your next regular dental checkup, consider these reasons to maintain a regular schedule of visiting your dentist:

  • Cancer screening. A comprehensive oral examination includes a complete inspection of your mouth, head, and neck for signs of cancer. Detecting the early signs of cancer often dramatically increases the chance of successful treatment.

  • Periodontal health screening. The health of the gums and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth play a crucial role in keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Early detection of inflamed gums can prevent more serious periodontal disease that often leads to tooth loss.

  • Dental radiographs. Recent advances in dental radiography make x-rays safer and more effective than ever. Dental x-rays allow your dentist to detect potential problems and treat them while they are minor.

  • Cavity detection. There is a significant difference between treating a cavity in its early stages instead of later when the tooth decay has destroyed a large part of the tooth. Early treatment can prevent more severe treatments, such as root canals and extractions.

  • Professional plaque removal. A part of regular dental check-ups is a professional teeth cleaning. No matter how well you brush and floss, everyone misses some areas of their teeth. Removing plaque from these areas can help prevent cavities and gum disease.

Important Information to Share with Your Dentist

It is essential that you communicate freely with your oral health care providers. Some important information to make them aware of include:

  • Changes in your medical status.

  • Medications you currently take or have discontinued taking.

  • Pain or problems with your teeth, gums, or other oral tissues.

  • Events in your life that may potentially affect your response to dental treatment.

What Is Included in a Dental Check-Up?

When you arrive for your dental visit, you will be asked to complete a patient questionnaire that includes your medical and oral health history. After completing these forms, you will be taken from the reception area to a dental treatment room. Next, your dental check-up may include:

  • Professional teeth cleaning.

  • Dental x-rays.

  • Oral cancer screening.

  • Examination for cavities or gum inflammation.

  • Checking to make sure your teeth bite together.

  • Examination of soft tissues, such as head and neck lymph nodes and the area beneath your tongue.

  • Discussion of findings and an assessment of your overall oral health.

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Contact us at Trident Dental to schedule an appointment and learn about our services to help you maintain optimal oral health for healthy teeth and gums and a bright smile.

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