Set Your Expectations For Your Next Dental Checkup
Whether you’ve never been in to see a dentist or it’s just been years since you’ve stepped foot in a dental office, you’re likely wondering what you can expect from a visit to your dentist for a standard checkup. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of making sure that you retain healthy teeth for a lifetime that are free from periodontal disease, dental pain, and gingivitis. Dental checkups are a great way to help monitor the progress of your oral health and catch problems before they happen. Below is a little bit of what you can expect to experience during your visit.
The General Procedure of a Dental Checkup
Dental Checkups are not complicated affairs, largely involving basic dental exams combined with discussions with your hygienist and dentist about what you can do to preserve your oral health. These visits can serve as an educational opportunity for you to learn about problems you’re unable to see as part of your normal dental hygiene routine. When these problems are identified early they can easily be fixed and your dental health preserved for years.
An In-Depth Cleaning Of Your Teeth
Even the most meticulous of dental care can leave difficult to reach areas experiencing a buildup of tartar and plaque. Tartar is the natural result of plaque building up and not being removed properly, turning it into a hard deposit that normal brushing can’t remove. Dentists remove these buildups with a special tool called a scaler that is designed to remove tartar without damaging the enamel underneath and is also capable of getting into the gum line where plaque and tartar like to hide. Once these substances have been removed your teeth will be cleaned with a paste that gently abrades away uneven surfaces so plaque can’t take hold.
Once the cleaning is completed it will be easy for your dentist to identify decay on your teeth. During the exam that follows your gums will be checked for any signs of gingivitis, including swelling and bleeding, as well as ensuring that your teeth are properly aligned and in place. Other things they may check for can include grinding, issues with your temporomandibular joint, your neck, tissues of the mouth, lymph glands, palate, and other areas that issues may form, including oral cancer. This final exam is one of the many reasons why there’s no substitute for at-home checkups.
If it’s been more than six months since your last check-up it’s long past time for you to make an appointment to see your dentist for a check-up. Every year new research reveals that oral health isn’t just a dental issue, but can have ramifications to the health of your whole body. Further, that issues elsewhere in your body can present in your dental health in ways that may alert you to issues you were otherwise unaware of. Pick up the phone and make an appointment with Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa at Midtown Dental Care in New York, NY today!