Proper oral hygiene doesn’t end with proper brushing and flossing. It is also very important to visit your dentist at least every six months for routine checkups and cleaning.
What to Expect on your Dentist Appointment
During your very first visit to your family dentist, your complete health history will be taken. Inform your dentist if there are any changes in your health history on your next visits. Majority of dental appointments are routine checkups that must ideally be set six months apart to make sure your teeth stay clean and prevent dental issues from developing. Normally, you can expect the following during your visit:
- A Complete Dental Examination
Checkups always start out with your dentist conducting a complete dental examination of your mouth, teeth, and gums. This is to maintain proper oral health and prevent problems, if any were found, from developing further, by determining and treating them as soon as possible.
- Professional Cleaning
A regular checkup usually includes a thorough cleaning. Your dentist will use special dental cleaning instruments to thoroughly clean your teeth of tartar and plaque accumulation that may cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease among others. Your teeth will also be flossed and polished.
Your dentist may recommend x-rays based on your age, symptoms, or risks. X-rays can be used for identifying dental issues that may otherwise go unnoticed like tooth decay in between teeth, tumors or cysts, abscesses, impacted teeth, and jawbone damage. This will provide a clearer view of your lower and upper jaw and aid your dentist in understanding your bite better. Note, however, that pregnant women shouldn’t undergo x-rays unless it’s a critical emergency.
In general, if your mouth, gums, and teeth are in great condition, you may be asked to visit every six months for checkups. Otherwise, your dentist will tell you to come at an appointed time if you need additional treatment such as repairing a damaged crown, filling a cavity, or extracting a wisdom tooth, etc.