What Does A Dental Checkup Look Like?

What does a dental checkup look like?

Seeing your dentist at least twice a year helps keep your oral health in good condition.

Dental checkups are important preventative measures. During your visit your dentist or dental hygienist examines your mouth for signs of potential problems.

They also check structures related to the mouth, such as your face, neck, and jaw. They may also recommend X-rays or digital scans to diagnose or verify their findings.

Why are dental checkups important?

Dental exams are beneficial for your oral health and overall health. Your dentist may find symptoms of health conditions that require immediate attention and refer you to a specialist.

Health problems may not present with obvious symptoms like discomfort or pain. You might not know you have them until your dentist performs examinations. Some issues may only start to become noticeable after they've progressed.

Early detection of oral health problems is possible through dental examinations, increases the chances of successful treatment, and avoids the need for complex procedures.

During your routine visits your dentist or dental hygienist also provides you with tips to care for your teeth more effectively.

What happens during dental checkups?

Dental checkups usually include a comprehensive exam and professional hygiene cleaning by your dental hygienist. You may also need to take X-rays on some visits.

  1. Comprehensive exams

Your dentist looks for signs of dental problems not only inside the mouth but also on related structures.

If you're a new patient here at Relaxation Dental, we can coordinate with your previous dental office to request copies of your most recent X-rays.

  1. Dental cleanings

Brushing and flossing at home are crucial in preventing cavities. But there are types of debris that can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist using special tools.

How often should I go for dental checkups?

Most people need dental checkups only twice a year. However, some may require them more often.

If you're at a high risk of developing tartar or cavities or are diagnosed with medical conditions, your dentist may ask you to visit more frequently.

Your dentist lets you know how often you need to go, depending on the status of your oral health. If your teeth and gums are in great shape and you have not encountered issues in many years, chances are you won't have to schedule an appointment too often.

Your dental team may need more information if it's your first time seeing them. Are you planning to book a dental visit? We can help. Contact us today at (719) 539‑3145. We're happy to assist you.