Taking care of your teeth means more than brushing and flossing. For complete care, it’s important to visit every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning.
What To Expect During a Dental Visit
On your first visit, your dentist will take a full health history. On follow-up visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell your dentist. Here’s what you can expect during most trips to the dentist.
- A Thorough Cleaning – a dental hygienist or dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
- A Full Dental Examination – your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems.
- X-Rays – X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
At this point in time, a plan of treatment that is specific to your dental needs will be created, and your treatment can be scheduled at your convenience.
Some examples of general dentistry procedures are cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, fabrication of bleaching trays, mouthguards, extractions, and much more.
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