Dental checkups are similar to physicals; only it's for your gums, teeth, and overall oral health. During the appointment, the dentist and hygienist will look for cavities, gum disease, and signs of oral cancer. The hygienist will also clean your teeth.
Scheduling a routine dental checkup every six months is a crucial step in keeping your mouth healthy. Here's what to expect at your first appointment:
After scheduling your appointment, you'll receive an automated email and text reminder. Please confirm your appointment, then complete your new patient forms online. Completing your forms early helps ensure your appointment starts on time.
When you arrive at our office, a Patient Concierge will take your temperature. Like many medical offices, we've taken many steps to prevent the spread of COVID, like installing virus-killing air purification systems and using hospital-grade sterilization techniques. Read about additional ways we're making our dentist offices the safest, cleanest places you can be.
First Dental Checkup: Oral Exam and X-Rays
During your dental checkup, a Dental Assistant will take digital X-Rays. X-Rays uncover bone infections and cavities hidden by your gum line. X-Rays can help the early diagnosis of many dental problems and can help lead to more successful outcomes. If you're pregnant, please let the Dental Assistant know before taking X-Rays.
Next, you'll meet your dentist, who will review your medical history. If you have any oral health questions or concerns, please share them. The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, mouth and review your X-Rays. to look for cavities, plaque buildup, and the health of your gums. The dentist will also examine your neck, head, face, and throat for diseases like oral cancer.
Next, your dentist will create a comprehensive plan for your oral health.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, a hygienist will clean your teeth. Plaque and tartar will be gently removed from your teeth and beneath your gum line. Then, your teeth will be flossed to any last bits of plaque and tartar. Lastly, each tooth will be polished.
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The American Dental Association recommends people have their teeth cleaned twice a year. Regular appointments are essential in removing tartar before they harden and become plaque. Plaque is a dangerous oral bacteria that can cause gum disease, cavities, and other health problems. Tartar also causes bad breath.
Regular dental checkups also are an opportunity to spot oral cancer and other oral diseases early. By diagnosing and treating early, you can avoid costly, painful situations down the road.