What Is Involved In A Dental Examination
During your dental checkup, your teeth will be thoroughly examined. Your dentist will look closely at your teeth, gums, and mouth to look for any signs of potential problems. This could mean anything from decay to oral cancer. Your dentist will also examine your face, jaw, and neck for any signs of a problem.
In addition to an oral exam, your dental checkup may also include diagnostic X-rays. These allow your dentist to see what’s going on between your teeth and below your gums. This can help spot problems early on so they can be treated. Your dental hygienist will clean your teeth during this appointment.
What Are Dental X-rays?
Your dentist uses x-rays to examine your mouth and identifies dental problems if any. A digital x-ray is safer because your dentist does not have to leave the room to get the film developed. Instead, the image appears on a computer screen. Digital x-rays are also faster because your dentist does not have to take a physical copy of the image.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a preventative measure that a dentist may recommend during your dental visit. Sealants typically protect teeth from decay, especially on the sides of teeth that are difficult to clean with brushing.
Explain Oral Cancer Screening.
Most dental checkups include an oral cancer screening. This screening is done to look for any signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is a very serious form of cancer that affects the mouth, throat, and lips. If detected early, treatment is often successful.
The dentist or hygienist will use a light source and mirror to view all areas of the mouth and throat to look for any abnormalities. They will feel for any lumps or bumps. They will also examine the lips and the roof or floor of the mouth. They will likely use a tool called a VELscope to check the soft tissues of your mouth. This tool uses fluorescent light that helps to clearly show any abnormalities.
What Is Involved In Teeth Cleaning?
During your dental checkup, a dentist will clean your teeth. A dental hygienist will use a handheld tool to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Scaling and polishing will remove plaque and hard tartar from your teeth. Scaling involves removing tartar and plaque from the surface of the teeth. Polishing is the process used to remove stains from the enamel and smooth out the surface of the teeth. Your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste or mouthwash. You should also be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Dental checkup vs. cleaning
A dental checkup and dental cleaning are different services. One is a regular preventative dentistry appointment, and the other is preventative dentistry performed to treat existing dental issues (like tooth erosion). Both services are vital for keeping your mouth healthy. At your checkup, your dentist will check for any developing dental problems (like cavities) and clean and polish your natural teeth.
How often should you go for a checkup?
We recommend that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and dental cleaning. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends patients visit the dentist every six months. This frequency will help patients maintain good oral health. Regular checkups and dental cleanings can help prevent the development of serious oral health conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends that patients with a history of gum disease, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease visit the dentist every three to four months. This frequency, combined with regular brushing and flossing, will help patients maintain good oral health.
Benefits of Dental Exams And Teeth Cleanings
Dental checkups and teeth cleanings are important parts of maintaining optimal oral health. These appointments allow your dentist to:
- Examine the overall health of your teeth, gums, and jaws.
- Remove plaque, stains, and tartar that brushing and flossing may not reach.
- Give you personalized tips for preventing common dental problems.
- Help you maintain good oral health.