Has it been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist? Unsure what a dental cleaning entails? Well, no need to worry, as we are here to guide you through the steps involved in a routine dental checkup. First, do not be afraid; a dental checkup is to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime. At Smith Family Dentistry, your comfort is our highest priority.
It is essential for everyone to visit their dentist at least once a year to ensure their oral health.
The first person that you meet at the dental facility is usually the receptionist who guides you through any uncompleted paperwork. Then, you meet your dental assistant or hygienist(s). Hygienists are professionals who take care of your routine dental care. They assist the dentist with the dental procedures being performed.
The standard steps followed in a routine checkup are as follow:
1. They will start with your history:
Before starting with the checkup, it is important for the practitioner to know about your previous dental history. They may also need to inquire about your medical condition such as the medications that you have been taking lately if you are suffering from diabetes if you are pregnant etc. Such information is essential for any practitioner owing to the fact that they severely impact the type of treatments you can undergo or the medications that you may be allowed to take.
2. The routine teeth cleaning:
The work inside your mouth starts from here! A thorough cleaning of your teeth shall be performed. The buildup on your teeth is scraped, and all the tartar collected above and below your gum lining are removed. The next step is polishing your teeth. The polish will rid your teeth of any residue that the previous procedures may have missed.
3. The examination of your teeth starts from here!
Now that you have obtained those sparkling teeth, it is the time to check if there are (any) problem area(s) in the mouth.
4. Taking a dental x-ray:
The last procedure performed in your mouth is the dental x-ray. This helps the dentist to see if there are any issues below the surface of your mouth. In modern times, digital x-rays are being used by dentists to make an accurate diagnosis based on higher quality images.
5. Dental examination:
The x-ray images are used to check if you have suffered any loss of bone, anomaly or any fracture in your mouth. A check for oral cancers, teeth grinding and jaw alignment etc.
This is the final stage. The deductions are made based on your oral health and the findings made. These findings may have different implications. Either they may tell that your mouth is perfectly fine or in other cases, you may need a follow up with the dentist to discuss further.
A regular visit to the dentist is essential! So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our wonderful dental team at Smith Family Dentistry. Our team uses the latest innovative technologies, newest practices and safe measures to make sure that your gums and teeth are treated with the utmost care.