Guide to Dental Checkups
If you visit a dental office, the first person you will meet is the receptionist who will inquire about the reason for your coming. They will then check for a dentist who is available so that he can help your needs and demands. When an appointment is fixed for your dental checkup, you will then meet the dentist. In the dental office you should tell the dentist everything about your dental condition and if you have any questions, this is the time to ask them.
the dental hygienist will go through your medical history before any procedure can be done to your mouth. The dentist should know if this is your first dental check up or not. The reason for this is to help them determine whether there are any changes in your overall health or not. Telling the hygienist about your health concerns, anxieties, and allergies is important for this reason. This will be the basis for the course of action that they will take.
While sitting for dental check up, inform your dentist about your fears. If you start shivering at the sound of the drill, the dental team will have a difficult time to perform any surgery or procedure. Being scare of a dentist is not wrong. In order for the procedure to go smoothly, the dentist will try to calm you done.
Dentists only start working on their patient’s teeth when the concerns and anxieties are shared. The first step that a dentist does is to clean your teeth. A scraper is used by the dentist to be able to remove the build up or plaque and tartar. With the help of a tooth polisher and slightly abrasive toothpaste, this will give your teeth a white shiny finish. Leftover plaque is removed by polishing. There is no more plaque accumulated when the teeth has become smooth after polishing.
After cleaning our teeth, the inside of your mouth is examined for problems. The dentist uses a metal probe with a small angled mirror to see behind and between the teeth and gums. The softness of your enamel and dentin will be determined. The dentist will also check for gum swelling, mouth sores, and redness. A dental check up also includes the measuring of the periodontal pockets. They can determine if you are suffering from gum disease if the pocket is any deeper than one and three millimeters.
Dental x-rays are then taken to examine deeper the surface of the mouth. After checking everything including the x-rays the dentist will determine what is next. Bone loss, fractures, or any abnormality within the visible surface of the gums will be revealed by the x-ray results.