What is a dental check – up and why do I need to get one done?
This procedure generally consists of the following steps
Your Medical History
Before any procedure is done, your dentist will need to know about your past medical history. Whether this is your first appointment at this practice or if you have been here before, your dentist and his team will need to know any changes in your health history such as new medicines, diabetes, coronary diseases, pregnancy, anxiety issues, allergies, etc. This helps to avoid any problems and to make sure you are well taken care of.
Once you have shared your health history with your dentist, he will begin work on your teeth. The first thing they normally do is give your teeth a good and thorough cleaning. This begins by scraping off layers of plaque and tartar that collect near the gum line and then flossing around the teeth to remove any food particles that may be lodged in. Your dentist will also give your teeth a glossy finish using a tooth polisher with a spinning head and a slightly coarse paste. The polishing generally gets rid of any left over residue and makes your teeth smoother so that tartar does not collect easily on them. This keeps your teeth much cleaner between visits.
After cleaning has been completed, it’s ideal have a look at any existing problem areas in your mouth. A metal probe with a mirror is used to see behind the teeth and gums as well as check for dentin and softening of the tooth enamel. Your dentist also looks out for any swelling of gums in your mouth, mouth sores, and redness accompanied by excessive bleeding. They will then measure the mouth’s periodontal pockets to check the space between the top of the gum line and where the tissue attaches itself to the tooth. Deeper pockets could be a sign of gum disease and should be monitored closely.
Dental X- Rays
Taking x-ray pictures of the mouth will give your dentist a clearer picture of any underlying issues beneath the mouth’s surface. This involves biting on a piece of plastic while the x-ray imaging machine is placed on your cheek. The image clearly indicates parts of your teeth as well as the roots and your jaw bone thus helping your dentist identify any concerns that need to be looked into immediately. This also helps him in drawing out a personalized dental care plan for you.
Once your x-rays have been viewed, your dentist will explain to you the next steps forward. This may involve scheduling future dental appointments for certain procedures or it could be advice on how to take care of your teeth at home and maintain oral hygiene. It is extremely important to listen to your dentist and work on his feedback to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and you have a beautiful smile for many years to come.