Regular exams or dental checkups will begin in a similar manner to a general health exam, with the collection of the patient’s medical and oral health history. This information is collected because it can inform the doctor about any possible conditions or issues which could be the patient at a greater risk for oral health concerns. An example is if a diabetic patient comes in for an appointment the doctor will pay special attention since a greater likelihood of developing gum disease or tooth decay may present in the patient. A cleaning is traditionally performed and a thorough assessment of each tooth and the gums will be conducted. X-rays can also be performed, especially if this is a first-time visit. Oral cancer screenings may also be necessary if it the patient is a certain age. Our doctors will also educate patients on any dental hygiene changes which need to be made and can provide treatment for a dental health issue.
The American Dental Association states that people of all ages need to schedule an appointment with the dentist for an exam and cleaning every six months, or twice a year. Your dentist may recommend a specific schedule for appointments depending on certain dental conditions in the patient.
Brushing and flossing regularly is a simple but crucial aspect of good dental health. This greatly prevents tooth and bone decay and gum disease from developing. After a cleaning, follow the instructions from the dentist including techniques and the use of certain products. Avoiding sugary or overly acidic foods and beverages will also help to prevent the growth of bacteria. Wear a mouth guard when participating in activities where your mouth could receive an impact and wear a night guard if you grind your teeth while sleeping. Lastly, do not use your teeth to pry off lids and do not chew on hard candy or ice.