Keeping up with your regular dental check-ups is an important step in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, due to dental anxiety, many people avoid attending their bi-annual check-ups with their family dentists. Dental exams, though, are often quite simple and painless. By skipping your appointments, you may be causing more trouble for yourself in the long run. Here are some things you can expect during a routine dental check-up:
Assessment of Health
Your dentist will evaluate the overall health of your teeth, gums, jaw, bite, and oral hygiene. The dentist will also assess your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other oral health problems. If you have any dental implants or bridges, your family dentist will make sure they are cleaned and functioning correctly.
Usually, routine check-ups involve a cleaning of your teeth and gums. This cleaning allows your dentist or hygienist to remove plaque, tartar, and stains and look for cavities and gum problems. Your dentist may give you pointers about hygiene or diet so that you can keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Sometimes, your check-up will involve your dentist taking x-rays of your teeth and jaw to check for underlying problems. Usually, dental x-rays are taken of specific sections of the mouth, but sometimes, panoramic x-rays of the entire mouth will be taken.
You also have responsibilities at your appointment so that your dentist can make sure to give you the best care and advice. Be sure to tell your dentist about any concerns you may have and provide information about your diet, smoking habits, and medical history.
Our dentists at South Riding Family Dentistry have many years of experience with both cosmetic and family dentistry. We also serve many areas, including Chantilly and Herndon, Virginia, and offer same-day visits for emergencies. Call us today at (703) 327-0327 to schedule an appointment.